Comparing Walter Mitty from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” to Hester Prynne from “The Scarlet Letter”

Walter was different from everyone else being that he had the ability to vividly daydream. These were not just your average daydreams though. These daydreams were very realistic in his eyes as if he was no longer living in this world but in his own created world, and the disappointment, when he came back to reality, was great.

So how does he relate to Hester Prynne, a woman from the 1600s who was publicly humiliated for her adultery? Surprisingly, their situations are fairly compatible. Walter’s not a man’s man. He’s not big on physical labor. He can’t change the axles on his tires. His wife pushes him around, and he is considered weak, strange, unusual, and confusing to everyone for his fantasies. This treatment relates to the way Hester was treated after her adulterous actions were revealed to the townspeople. She was outcast into a cottage at the edge of the town and forced to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest for everyone to know of the adultery that she committed. The women of the town treated her even worse than any other which compares to the harsh treatment of the men towards Walter for his lack of physical ability.

Unfortunately, discriminations like these continue to set apart the world when we all should be supporting each other through this hard thing called life.”For hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrong.” Proverbs 10:12


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