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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by James Thurber

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Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 122

Consider stereotypes of masculinity in society today. How are these stereotypes enacted in Walter Mitty's dreams? How do these stereotypes differ from his everyday behavior?

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Do you think Thurber's characterization of Mrs. Mitty is sexist? What sort of picture of marriage emerges in the story, and how does that picture compare with what is considered a "typical" marriage in American society today?

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List the details which connect Walter's fantasies and his reality together. Analyze the significance of these details to the story's overall theme.

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Investigate American society during the end of the depression and the beginning of World War II. Do you think Thurber accurately portrays middle-class life during that time in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"? Why or why not?

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