Related text: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

30 Jun

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty works well as related text for both AOS Discovery and for ‘Exploring Transitions’ in Standard English.

AOS Discovery

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty charts the journey undertaken by the eponymous protagonist as he discovers himself and his world.  At the start of the film, Walter lives a mundane and uneventful existence, retreating into imaginative worlds in order to express his aspirations for the future.  As the film progresses, he begins to really live, discovering qualities and desires about himself that had previously been suppressed.  By the film’s end, Walter is far less reliant on his imagination, and is thriving in the real world, suggesting that his journey of discovery has been liberating.

For other AOS Discovery related texts, click here.

Exploring Transitions 

As flagged in the discussion of this text as a Discovery related text, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a film about Walter’s transformation from an introvert to someone who lives life with enthusiasm.   Much like Rita in Educating Rita, Walter’s transformation is upwards and is intended to better his life.  Unlike Rita, however, Walter’s transformation is not planned.  Instead, it occurs in response to circumstances and gains momentum.

For other ‘Exploring Transitions’ related texts, click here.

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