Department of English
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
(December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961)
683 Webley-Vickers 50.80: As a gun, it is a figment of Walter Mitty's and James Thurber's imagination. See The Firing Line discussion thread. Apparently, in real life, the Webley Vickers is a classic motorcycle. See pictures.
Study Questions for James Thurber's “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
Some things to think about as you read and reread.
Is Mrs. Mitty a good wife? Is Walter Mitty a good husband? What is the problem?
Examine the interweaving of Walter Mitty’s reality and fantasy. What things are real, what are made up? How are they enmeshed in each other? How are fantasies triggered and created?
Who and/or what are Walter Mitty’s antagonists?
Walter Mitty –
Mrs. Mitty –
Sample Student Reading Responses to James Thurber's “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
Key Terms to Date
Kinney, Harrison. James Thurber: His Life and Times. New York: Henry Holt, 1995.
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