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by James Thurber

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What is the exposition in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"?

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Exposition is the information in a story that catches the reader up with what the characters know, or it can even give information that the characters don't know. It is everything the reader needs to understand about the world in which the fiction exists in order to comprehend it clearly. In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the exposition occurs primarily through bursts of dialogue, leaving little work to narration.

Walter Mitty is a man who spends a great deal of time in a world of fiction, imagining grandiose adventures for himself, which contrast with his comparatively dull life with his domineering wife. Because of this, the scene changes often, with Mitty escaping into his fantasy world whenever he can. During these scene changes, the reader is bombarded by bursts of expository...

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