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Comparison of the Fantasies and Daydreams of Michael and Walter Mitty.

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Introduction

Comparison of the Fantasies and Daydreams of Michael and Walter Mitty Michael and Walter Mitty are two men who use fantasies and daydreams to escape from their unhappy lives. They both use them to improve their own experience. Both men are seen as weak, seen as failures by the rest of the world. They both are in denial. Walter Mitty's fantasies stem from boredom and are used to boost his self-esteem. "I never see a man could hold his brandy like you, sir." In his fantasies, he plays the character of someone superior, a rebel, or a lifesaver, such as a Commander, a doctor, a criminal, or a Captain. The complete opposite of who he is, a nobody. He changes himself completely because he is unhappy with who he is as a person. ...read more.

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"I have enough and am above all moderate wants and anxieties." Walter is married and feels smothered by his wife who hassles him and feels there is something wrong with him for losing himself in his fantasies. "It's one of your days. I wish you'd let Dr Renshaw check you over." This may anger and annoy him, which pushes him even further into his fantasies. He never involves her in his daydreams, which suggests that he is not close to her and would rather be alone. Michael almost had a happy marriage but Christiana betrayed him. After her he had no other partner and is lonely, he wants a family. Walter feels inferior to other men. "They're so damn cocky...They think they know everything." Walter tries to do a 'man' thing by taking the chains off his own car, but fails. ...read more.

Conclusion

Castle." Walter's are set in different locations, on different levels, the ground, and in the air, "hurtling eight-engined Navy hydroplane" "in the courtroom" and "door of the dugout." This suggests Walter wanted to be as far away, from where he is now as possible. Michael's fantasies are about family, about others. About who he wishes he could be with, his grandchildren, children, wife and his business partner and his family. About closeness with friends and family. "It is very pleasant of an evening, when we are all assembled together - which frequently happens." Walter's revolve around himself. What he does, how he saves people or places and in one dream about what he has done to another person. Michael's could have happened if it wasn't for decisions made by two people, Christiana and his business partner. Walter's are pure fantasy, which get facts and words wrong. Michael's and Walter's fantasies are an escape from their humdrum lives to a happier place where they would rather be. ...read more.

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