The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

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What is the dominant idea that underlines the story's significance?

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The underlining idea of the story is how the subjective experience can be used to retreat from external reality.  The condition of failure that dominates Mitty in his real life is a state of being that can be overcome in his dreams.  It is here where Thurber's story features an idea that underscores it throughout.  Mitty is a character whose external reality is what drives his...

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