Romantic Elements In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle
Rip, who is a Dutch villager, enjoys to spend time by himself in the wilderness or to hang out with friends. He is not much keen on working, to his wife’s dismay. One day, to escape from his wife’s nag, Rip decides to wander into the mountains accompanied by his dog only. He meets some strange characters and falls asleep after drinking a lot. Appalling changes take place when he wakes up: his beard is a foot long, his dog is gone, and he does not recognize anyone when he comes back to the village. According to Pearce (1993), Irving uses Rip Van Winkle to criticize the post-revolution American society: “since Rip slept through the transition from British colony to independence, he is able to comment on the new social order from the perspective of the old” (PEARCE, 1993, p.