What sort of person is Walter Mitty in terms of his relationship with his wife, and how does his personality differ in his two worlds?
Include examples of his behaviour to support your description, and answers with explanation.
In reality, Walter Mitty is a clumsy, absent-minded henpecked middle aged man. In his dreams, he is brave, commanding, debonair, resourceful, talented, respected and revered. It is te contrast between these two personas which highlights the tragedy of Walter Mitty’s existence.
In reality, Walter is chastised by his wife for driving too fast, and is ridiculed by the parking attendant for being unable to park his car. Whilst concocting a plan to disguise his inability to fit snow chains to his car, Mitty imagines himself to be a crack shot and a hero.-
…suddenly a lovely, dark-haired girl was in Walter Mitty’s arms.
He is immediately ridiculed in the real world for talking to himself-
A woman who was passing laughed.
His wife challenges Mitt’s dreaminess as a symptom of sickness and decline, and the great ideas he hatches in his daydreams contrast with her criticism:
“Does it ever occur to you that sometimes I am thinking?” She looked at him. “I’m going to take your temperature when I get you home,” she said.