James Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a short story about the fantasies of a man so that the round character of Mitty presents different traits valuable to the completion of the story. On his first fantasy, Mitty is a commander in an 8-engine Navy Hydroplane, a dream he had while driving a car which could present a symbolic image to the reader connecting the events in his fantasies to his speeding up the car he was driving. To see the imagery, a reader has to have a closer look at the dramas in the story for him to understand and see what the author is trying to present. Emotional distance in the story is quite intense as the author unfolds the secret dreams of the main character which in turn grips the reader’s attention because of the changes in character as Mitty fantasizes.
Conflict in the story could be multiple considering the fantasies of the main character. In the first fantasy, the conflict would be between the humans and nature, being the hurricane. The anesthetizer bugging down presents a problem, his being accused of murder was something he had to fight in his third fantasy. Mitty facing heavy enemy artillery in the last and final fantasy was another conflict in the story. However, the real conflict would be the secret life of Walter Mitty which proves to be affecting his actions shown at the end of the story where his wife finds him in a place she claimed she would not have expected him to be. As the story ends, the fantasies do not seem to end which, psychologically