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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty James Thurber [Am.] 1894-1961. OUTLINE. 1. About the Author. Born Died Occupation Nationality Period Genres Subjects Notable works. December 8, 1894 Columbus, Ohio November 2, 1961 (aged 66) New York, New York Humorist American 1929-1961

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

James Thurber [Am.] 1894-1961



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1. About the Author

Born

Died

Occupation

Nationality

Period

Genres

Subjects

Notable works

December 8, 1894Columbus, Ohio

November 2, 1961 (aged 66)New York, New York

Humorist

American

1929-1961

short stories, cartoons, essays

humor, language

My Life and Hard Times,My World - And Welcome to It

James Grover Thurber

Well, if I called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?


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2. Walter Mitty

An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.

做白日梦的人,有幻想症的人,整天幻想的人:一个平庸的、经常是徒劳无益的人,常沉溺于美妙的有关个人成就的白日梦中


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3. Plot Summary

The short story deals with a vague and mild-mannered man who drives into Waterbury, Connecticut, with his wife for their regular weekly shopping and his wife's visit to the beauty parlor. During this time he has five heroic daydream episodes. Next-page Details


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4. Five Daydreams

Inspiration

Episodes

Interruption

Driving

A commander

Yelling

Gloves

Asurgeon

Parking

News

Ancrack shot

Buying

Liberty

A captain

Striking

Smoking

Awar hero

End


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5. Fantasy vs. Reality

In daydreams

In reality

a great commander

a first-rate doctor

a crack shot

a brave solider who could fly a bomber alone

a war hero who was sentenced to death

forgetful

incapable

submissive to his wife

disrespected and scorned by others

absent-minded

good-for nothing


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6. The Theme

Fantasy and reality: escapist and mundane

Success and failure: calmness and courage