The Secret Life of Walter Mity

The Secret Life of Walter Mity

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  • Exposition/inciting incident: Walter is the commander on a navy ship-in reality he is driving with his wife but speeding. The inciting incident is introduced when we realize Walter Mitty is prone to daydreaming.
  • Rising action: Walter is a world renowned surgeon-in reality he is being yelled at by the mechanic.
  • Rising action: Walter is being accused of murder but his right hand is broken-In reality he is forgetting a certain item (puppy biscuits)at the store.
  • I could have shot him with my left arm!
  • Setting: In a small town, mid 1900s.
  • Rising action: Dream- Walter Mitty is on a bomber plane base and he volunteers to be the leader.
  • There is an adventurous or depressing tone based on one's perspective. The point of view is third person limited because only Walter Mitty's thoughts and views are displayed.
  • Climax: Dream- Walter Mitty ends up dying in his dream but not in real life.
  • Conflict: Internal- Walter vs. daydreams External- Walter vs. society/wife
  • Resolution: In real life he is now making his daydreams of being brave and strong his reality. His dream self dies and he doesn't believe he will ever become what he was in his daydreams.
  • Characters: Walter Mitty is a round character and in reality he is submissive, forgetful, and naïve. In his day dreams he is confident, brave, and respected. Mrs.Mitty is a flat and static character her traits include being bossy, judgmental, and controlling.
  • Symbolism: Mrs. Mitty represents the judgment of all society.
  •  Theme: We can't assume we know what a person is going through, don't let others control your personality, act on your hopes and dreams.
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