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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty vs. Young Goodman Brown

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty vs. Young Goodman Brown The two short stories I am going to be comparing are The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Young Goodman Brown. At first, these two stories might seem very different but they many similar themes. Both stories have the main character hallucinating about different situations. In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Walter Mitty wishes to hallucinate to escape reality and be part of an unreal world. In Young Goodman Brown, Goodman Brown, the main character was forced into seeing something not though of as being real by a stranger he met in the middle of the woods. Another similarity between both stories was that the main characters in both the stories had spouses who affected them throughout their lives. The most important reason that I will be comparing both these stories is because they both follow a general plot, leaving the main character very unhappy at the end. In Young Goodman Brown, Goodman Brown leaves his wife and heads for the village. There, he meets a devil figure and they both continue the journey. Goodman Brown does get a feeling of turning around and heading back home, but keeps going after seeing some of his townspeople in the woods. After getting to a secluded spot, he sees that most of the townspeople are also going to a meeting to crossover to the evil side. ...read more.


The wives of both the characters also affect the main character greatly. In Young Goodman Brown, Goodman Brown is deeply in love with his wife, Faith. He starts the story writing about how he will miss his wife deeply, even though he is only going away for a night. He also constantly keeps thinking about her well being as the story progresses. When he is quietly watching the evil staging as it progresses, he can't believe it when he sees his wife there as well. The dream ends when he screams out his wife's name and tells her to resist evil. Since returning to town the next morning however, he never loved his wife as he did before he saw her in that ceremony in the forest. The reason for a change of heart was because he in a way had lost respect for her, knowing that she was part of evil. The author also states that the day Goodman dies was a gloomy day because Goodman Brown thought that he would go to heaven and his wife Faith would go to hell and they would never see each other again. On the other hand, Walter Mitty from the very beginning gave us an impression that his wife was a very possessive woman. She would always give him orders and schedule Walter's day according to her. Having no freedom to do his own things, Walter Mitty began to enjoy his life by daydreaming to escape reality. ...read more.


MLA Reference Page Cummings, Michael. "Plot Summary." 2004. Online Study Guides. 6 March 2005<http://sites.micro-link.net/zekscrab/Brown.html> "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Summary." eNotes to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Seattle: Enotes.com LLC, October 2002. Ed. Penny Satoris. 6 March 2005 <http://www.enotes.com/secret-life/18553>. "Young Goodman Brown: Summary." eNotes to Young Goodman Brown. Seattle: Enotes.com LLC, October 2002. Ed. Penny Satoris. 6 March 2005 <http://www.enotes.com/young-goodman/6137>. Self Analysis on Comparative Essay By Rohan Vohra What is my argument? My argument is very simple. I want to tell the reader that both stories had to do with the characters hallucinating but I also want them to know that it was for different reasons. I want to be able to also get across to them that both stories are very different. One is a very serious story including religious symbolism where as the other is a very humorous read. Also, the wives of both stories are very different and unlike Goodman Brown who loves his wife that is not the case with Walter Mitty. What is my major concern? My major concern is that my readers will not get what I am saying completely and think that I am talking about the similarities between both the stories. Also, I have a problem with sticking to one tense and I hope that me switching constantly from past to future to present won't confuse the reader. Since this essay is also longer than the last two we have written, I hope the reader won't loose interest in reading this as the essay progresses. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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