What is a major theme in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber?

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Marital conflict is a recurring theme throughout “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Mitty is first pulled from his daydream of commanding a hydroplane in the Navy by his wife complaining that he is driving too quickly. He doesn’t bother to respond to his wife and continues to drive in silence. In fact, it isn’t until her tenth sentence of the story that Mitty responds to her, and when he does it is a protest: “I don’t need overshoes.” She ignores this and reminds him that he is no longer a young man, and his response is to race the engine. His methods of revenge against her actions are petty—after his wife suggests that he wear his gloves, he dons them and promptly takes them off after driving away.

Mrs. Mitty does not...

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