What are the main reasons of the protagonist's daydreams in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"? How did Mitty come up with his daydreams?

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It seems obvious that Walter resorts to fanciful daydreaming in order to escape from his real-life hen-pecking wife in James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Mrs. Mitty is a nag, complaining about his every move and correcting his would-be mistakes. It is a classic role reversal, where Walter's wife wears the pants in the family, and Walter timidly takes the abuse. Walter is apparently well-read, utilizing his intellectual grasp of history, medicine and law to create realistic scenarios that take his daydreams from mundane thoughts to life-like situations in which he is always a hero in control of the situation.

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