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Compare the ways in which Thurber and Dickens have addressed notions on fantasy and reality.

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Compare the ways in which Thurber and Dickens have addressed notions on fantasy and reality. The Two stories to be compared are "The Poor Relations Story" written in the 19th Century by Charles Dickens, and "The Secret life of Walter Mitty" written in the 20th Century by James Thurber. Both Stories are written around fantasy and reality. The Poor Relations Story is set in Clapham road, London and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is set in America. The Poor Relations Story is about a man, Michael, aged between 59 and 60, who leads a routined, unexciting lifestyle. He is looked upon as plain and boring, which is basically what he is. He has a quarterly allowance, which he has to live on. Michael's fantasies are about having a more interesting life. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is about a middle-aged man, Walter, who lives with his dominant and powerful wife. She makes Walter feel weak and demands that he obeys her. ...read more.

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Charles Dickens rarely talks in third person. However, when he does he uses very complex words, "He was very reluctant to take precedence of so many respected members of the family" When talking in fantasy, first and third person is used. In Walter Mitty, third person is used more than first, whereas it's opposite with the poor relation. Walter Mitty is a powerful character in his fantasies, ranging from a doctor that can fix a machine with a pen, "He pulled a faulty piston out of the machine and inserted the pen in its place" to a suspect murderer that can kill someone "You are a crackshot with any sort of firearms, I believe?" He fantasizes about having a life of being depended on, looked up to and having fun. In the poor relations story, Michael dreams of having a normal life, and being wealthy. ...read more.

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Both Walter and Michael could have been successful in their life if they had stood up for them self's and to have not been afraid of the consequences. They would have been better off, and not trapped in their own failure and mistakes in life. Both stories are well ended. The Poor Relations Story has ended by telling us of him having a good, wealthy life with children and a wife. He describes it as "A Castle in the air" Going into another fantasy, which shows nothing is different and things will remain the same, ended the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It could be said that the stories are in ways similar with fantasy and reality...but more noticeably different in their ways of life style, language, places etc. The moral of each story is to not take everything for granted and to stand up for yourself. Also, to not be ashamed of yourself & your life. Sherise Kennelly English Coursework Miss Wingrove ...read more.

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