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Salhi Mohammed G7 When life gets boring, when people around you push you to the limits, day dreaming is the key to survive all this, at least this is true for Walter Mitty who chose to escape his pathetic life by diving in fantasy. Walter Mitty is a character created and used by James Thurber in a comic way to walk us through the problem of weak, henpecked men. The story shows the poor Walter gets bossed by His nagging wife, who keeps giving orders and criticizes harshly on everything Walter does; those complaints stand out clearly in her dialog "Not so fast! You're driving too fast! […]You know I don't like to go more than forty". After those barks at Mr. Mitty face he slowed down and drove in silence, and despite Walter Stubbornness he always give in and obey to his wife orders. During the story Walter Mitty is being shown like a child whose mother keeps dictating orders which he have to do without any objection. Day dreaming was Mitty’s saver from his ruled pathetic life, the lack of power and control in his real life made him chose heroic dreams in order to obtain more strength and more self-esteem to fill the void his wife made, those dreams were activated by various events, as the story begins Walter was driving his wife to the beauty shop while he was imagining himself as the commander of plane which was in trouble but the members of the crew have faith in his ability to get them through “The Old Man'll get us through”, so did he satisfy his thirst for control ?! no not yet, the second dream was inspired by putting on gloves, which put him in an operating room surrounded by some famous doctor’s , his job was to fix the complicated machine and helping them save the millionaire banker. Mitty’s illusions continue with him imagining his self as a hero ready to risk his life for get the mission done . In our lives each one of us approaches problems differently, some stand up and confront those difficulties and some people give in and keep waiting their life’s to be changed, and some dive in dreaming as an alternative solution like Walter. Which one is right, well I’ll choose facing the reality even it’s bad.

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