The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
by James Thurber
Character Role Analysis
Mitty makes for an interesting hero character. The roles he plays in his various fantasies are, of course, typical protagonists – bold, decisive, skilled men who take charge and impress everyone around them. But the real-life Walter Mitty is rather different. He is constantly belittled by those around him, inept at fairly mundane tasks, and essentially an ordinary guy. So we can think of Walter Mitty as a sort of every day hero – not the kind you find in movies or on TV, but the kind to whom we can all relate.