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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by James Thurber

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The external conflict between Walter Mitty and Mrs. Mitty comes from the fact that she is domineering and controlling, and he is too timid to say anything. He daydreams to escape being yelled at by Mrs Mitty, and Mrs. Mitty yells at him because he is often too distracted to pay attention to real life. Because Mitty is incapable of being the hero in real life, he plays the hero in his fantasies. In the end, we see that there can be no real conclusion to the conflict. Mitty continues to retreat to his imagination, and Mrs. Mitty continues to scold him for doing so.

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