The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
by James Thurber
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Men and Masculinity Quotes
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"If you would take over, Mitty?" Mitty looked at him and at the craven figure of Benbow, who drank, and at the grave, uncertain faces of the two great specialists. "If you wish," he said. (6)
Notice how people defer to Mitty in his fantasies; in real life, they don't allow him to do things for himself.
"With any known make of gun," he said evenly, "I could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with my left hand." Pandemonium broke loose in the courtroom. A woman's scream rose above the bedlam and suddenly a lovely, dark-haired girl was in Walter Mitty's arms. The District Attorney struck at her savagely. Without rising from his chair, Mitty let the man have it on the point of the chin. (10)
Mitty fantasizes that he is both skilled and unapologetic. His alter-ego can stand up to others instead of submitting to them.