Title character Walter Mitty finds himself dissatisfied with his mundane, every day life, and the role of passive husband to which he is relegated. Mitty dislikes the way people treat him – as a bumbling, aging man – when he in fact imagines himself to be something much greater. "Walter Mitty" paints a picture of the sort of everyday dissatisfaction we all have felt at one point or another felt our lives – surely we are too ordinary, our lives too boring, our skills too commonplace. Whether or not Mitty's way of dealing with such dissatisfaction, by retreating into a world of fantasy, is effective or not is subject to debate.
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is ultimately a tragic story.
Walter Mitty is victorious at the end of this story.