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What is the climax of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

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The climax to this story isn't easily identified. I've read commentaries on this story that say the story doesn't have a climax. To some extent, that does make sense—the story weaves through Mitty's reality and fantasies so seamlessly and quickly that it doesn't follow a typical plot structure. However, the story does have a conflict that runs throughout the story. This is the conflict and tension that exists between Mitty and his wife. She treats him like he's incapable of thinking and doing things for himself. Consequently, Mitty loses himself inside of his fantasies, envisioning himself as a brave, take charge-kind of guy. Mitty wishes that he was more like his fantasy personas, and readers get to see a little bit of that come through in his reality. Near the...

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