What are the characteristics of Walter in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"?

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Walter Mitty is a meek, mild-mannered little man, a milquetoast character who is completely dominated by his wife. It is a classic role reversal where Mrs. Mitty figuratively wears the pants in the family, and Walter is her subserviant minion. Walter is forgetful; he has to be reminded constantly by his wife of what his next step must be. He is incompetent--a poor driver and incapable of the fairly routine procedure of removing his snow chains. He talks to himself, bringing laughter when he blurts out "puppy biscuits" on the busy sidewalk. However, he is a colossal dreamer, master of all the daydreams in which he stars. It is his way of escaping his nagging wife and the dreary routine of his unhappy, little life in which he is--unlike his daydreams--always Walter Mitty, the defeated.

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