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‘Walter Mitty’ and the ‘Poor Relation’s Story’

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'Walter Mitty' and the 'Poor Relation's Story' The stories 'Walter Mitty' and the 'Poor Relation's Story' are two stories that show people that everyone wants a better life. Whether it is in reality or in fantasy. 'Walter Mitty' is a story about a man of the same name who fantasises about a better and more powerful existence, as his wife is dominant. Mitty is in retirement and obviously doesn't like his new life. In the 'Poor Relation's Story' it is about a man called Michael who also wants a better life. But he lies and says he already has a fantastic life. Both men live in a make-believe world of their own. Walter Mitty is an elderly man who has just retired and is now forced to spend the rest of his life driving his wife around. He is a very shy man who hasn't go the confidence to stand up to his wife and has a weak character. Therefore is used as a 'doormat' for his wife to wipe her feet on. He is constantly searching his imagination to find the man inside him, using his ideas of what he would have preferred to be. He seems to always drift off to scenes of him in command in the army or in a tense situation. ...read more.


But it isn't just one thing. He lives different situations depending on where he is. For example when he is against a wall he s in front of the firing squad and is about to be killed for a serious crime and also he goes to a scene where he is in the stand in court and is being questioned. He makes out he is a fine marksman with any gun. He wants to be more exciting. He wants to be an adventure hero. Both men want greatness and a status. They seem to be so run down and put down by themselves and everyone else that they want to regain their manhood and self-respect. In both lives they experience a much better a prosperous life where they have a good social standing and power. Walter Mitty his desired power in command. And Michael his business status and social life that has been lacking in his life for so long. Walter Mitty seems to use his fantasy life to make his day more interesting and enjoyable. Michael uses his fantasy life to escape from his sad life and into a new life where he is socially accepted and wanted. He wants to be a shrewd businessman and doesn't want to be seen as a failure in front of his relatives, so he makes up this make-believe life that makes his family think he has done something good with his life. ...read more.


A man is supposed to be in charge and be dominant. The Poor Relation's story lets us know that a man I genuinely accepted in society if he has a good job and a wife. This is also how men feel in general so if they don't meet the requirements they feel are needed to be a man then they feel socially inadequate. Walter Mitty has his own ideas as to what a real man is and that is an action hero or military leader who has power. He feels a man needs power to be a man. The authors probably feel the same way and they express their feelings through literacy. Overall both the stories are very effective to show that people aren't happy with the lives they are given and use their imagination to find themselves lives they are happy with. The Poor Relation's Story show you how far a person can go to be accepted in society. To actually lie to your family about your whole life. Walter Mitty is unhappy with his life and is fed up with his wife treating him like dirt but he is unable to stand up to his wife. They are two sad characters that need to resort to fantasy to find a more interesting life to be proud of. To be able to say I'm a man. ...read more.

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