The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by

James Thurber

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Car

The real-life Walter Mitty’s masculinity—or lack of it—is most often demonstrated through his interactions with his car. Fast cars are commonly associated with sex and virility, but Mrs. Mitty won’t allow her husband to… (read full symbol analysis)

Gloves, Overshoes, Sling, and Handkerchief

These covering garments symbolize the fearful, shame-based self-concealment that characterizes Walter Mitty’s everyday life. Since Mrs. Mitty insists that he wear the gloves and overshoes to protect his health now that he’s “not a young… (read full symbol analysis)