The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

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

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Mood is an element within a piece of literature that creates feelings in the reader. Mood is different than tone because tone refers to the author's attitude toward a subject. Sometimes mood is called "atmosphere," and it can be developed through the usage of setting, theme, tone, and even diction.

In general, I would support the notion that "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is lighthearted and playful. It also tends to be upbeat and hopeful. Those are all very positive-feeling moods, and that is one reason why readers across all ages tend to like this story. Hollywood attempted to reproduce that mood in the most recent movie by casting Ben Stiller, a comic actor, as Mitty.

What is truly amazing about the piece is that, despite a mood that is overall positive, Thurber manages to weave in moments where the mood takes a definite turn for the worse. I feel it is appropriate to say that the story creates a depressed, desperate, and even lonely mood. Readers can have fun with Mitty's...

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