Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Walter Mitty and Mr. Martin both feel oppressed by individual women. Which man induces more sympathy and why?

What is misogyny? Are James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “The Catbird Seat” misogynistic?

How does the use of the grammatically challenged narrator enhance “You Could Look It Up”?

How does Thurber employ irony in his short stories?

Are the conclusions of Thurber’s stories plausible?