Theme Of Individualism In Rip Van Winkle

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Romanticism is exemplified through the use of individualism, highlighted through the main character. Individualism means “the individual separate from the masses’’(Craig White). The main character, Rip, show’s individualism by trying to independently adjust to changes that occur after he wakes up from his twenty year sleep. Washington Irving’s depiction of individualism provides a basic understanding to show how he adjusted to the ‘’new world.” Noted in the text, “The very character of the people seemed changed. There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.’’ This part of the text provides an understanding as to how disconnected Rip was. Individualism is interpreted as “A …show more content…
Rip Van Winkle is a story based on imagination due to a man sleeping for twenty years. Alan Richardson once said “We are not told why the the imagination (unlike other facilities) would be strongest in infancy’’(38). Imagination is most commonly used by children, that is why this book is a children 's book. For example, the text said, “Sure enough! it is Rip Van Winkle—it is himself! Welcome home again, old neighbor. Why, where have you been these twenty long years?” This statement enables the reader to imagine how a person can be gone for twenty years. Imagination is what allows the story to …show more content…
For example, in Van Winkle’s wife continually spoke of how he was so careless and was destroying the family. In fact, “morning, noon, and night, her tongue was torrent of household eloquence’’.His response was to shrug his shoulders, shake his head, and go outside. Hence, Washington Irving had set-up Rip as if he was not caring about what his wife had said. For example “The narrator blames most of Rip 's failings on the evil temper of his wife and makes sweeping generalizations about women and marriage’’(Lloyd). In comparison to the conflict between the colonies and Great Britain, “British strategy in 1777 involved two main prongs of attack, aimed at separating New England (where the rebellion enjoyed the most popular support) from the other colonie’’ (History.com Staff). This instance exhibits between colonies and Great Britain, as well of the relationship between Rip and his

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