Walter Mitty – Theme and the Meaning of Life

1. Theme Statement:

When one achieves their goals when they are young, they will be happy and live knowing that their past was successful.

2. According to the story, what is the meaning of life?

The meaning of life is to not hold back on any of your goals and to make sure you have fully achieved everything you set out to do. Don’t let anyone influence your choices or the way you run your life, be confident with yourself. In the story Walter is forced to buy overshoes by his wife. This is an example where he let someone else control his actions and he didn’t act on his own. If he chose to not buy them he would have felt better with himself not being perceived as “old”.