As a function of analyzing these and categorizing the unique aspects of language that the author uses, this brief analysis will seek to weigh the work using one of the analytical concepts that have been learned within this course as well as to explain some of the primary reasons why the chosen piece captured this reader’s attention and interest. Most importantly, the piece itself will be analyzed through the literary and psychological lens of understanding it as more than meets the eyes.
Firstly, with regards to why the given piece has captured the interest of this student, the answer to this would necessarily have to be dependent upon the highly imaginative imagery and the use tools such as onomatopoeia as well as the level to which the author describes the mundane within terms of the fantastical is highly gripping. Due to this level of interest that the story develops through the use of these mechanisms, it is not surprising that it has continued to experience such a high degree of popularity in the over 70 years since it first appeared in the New Yorker in a serialized version.
The level of escapism that the piece, represented both in terms of Mitty’s own escapism as well as the level of escapism that was afforded to the reader of the piece, which served to set the story apart from many other such fantastical short stories. When one considers one of the ultimate purposes of fiction, one can readily see that this level of escapism and transportation to another element and another world is part of what has helped the genre to grow and advance throughout the years. Moreover, the piece had strong elements of psychological parallelism to the ways in which everyday occurrences an spur a random and oftentimes other-worldly or fantastical train of thought within the average person (Cheatham 1990). Although the story itself seems as something comical due to the fact that it is related through the lens of a man with a vivid imagination that desires much more adventure than actually exists within his life, the reader can immediately note the strong psychological parallels to his/her own life as the normal and/or the mundane experience oftentimes gives way to a seemingly uncontrollable stream of thought that ultimately leads the individual on a tangent seemingly completely unrelated to the original topic that spurred the mind to think in a given way in the first place. In this way, rather than a mere fantastical story that has comical elements of a Don Quixote-like plot, the author is ultimately building upon this framework and telling the story of a middle-aged, middle-American experience as unfulfilled and seeking adventure where none otherwise existed. It is important to consider when this piece was written as a function of the fantasy and narrow-minded utopianism that it exhibits (Mann 1982). Firstly, from the standpoint of authorship, the piece was published in the inter-war years; representing a time where the distant memory of World War I was far enough past to allow time to heal some of the horrors that it represented. Additionally, as the realities of the Second World War with its holocaust, dawn of the atomic age, and start of the Cold War had not yet been realized, the level of optimism and fantasy with which the character in the story could view the world was greatly increased. With respect to how the piece changed this author’s way of thinking, I would have to say that it allowed for the reader to understand and accept the fact that one’s perception of reality and the means by which boredom is staved off came to be