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  • Individuality And Nature In Rip Van Winkle

    He wasn’t afraid to be himself, he had quirks, was lazy, and not a hero type. He cared more for other people than himself, which could be construed as heroism if you look at it differently. Much like a woman, he talked to neighboring husband’s, “-listlessly over village gossip, or tell endless sleepy stories about nothing.” (p. 66) When his wife scolded him in front of his friends, he decided enough was enough, took his gun in hand and left to the solidarity of the woods, followed by his trusty friend Wolf. Rip found himself atop a high peak of the Kaatskills (now renamed “Catskills”), He found the solitude blissful and even the reverberations of the gunshots as he killed squirrels caused him no trouble. He decided to take a break and found a nice grassy knoll that overlooked a cliff. He watched in awe as afternoon turned to evening, and as he contemplated returning home, someone called out to him. This leads to the third and final characteristic… The supernatural! There’s a lot of speculation as to whether or not the supernatural happenings are real, but let’s focus on the story. Now in “Rip Van Winkle”, Rip doesn’t necessarily talk about this subject too much but it’s still around. When he’s in the village with the children incessantly flocking him, he tells them stories about witches and ghosts. But the most illustrious…

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  • Uncontrollable Change In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

    express the simple concept of uncontrollable change. To express change Irving used a clever fairy tale, drenched in historical truths. Reading Rip was entertaining, but unlocking the depth was not simple. My conclusion is this: on the individual level change is inevitable, the world is a moving place, but we have a choice, we can either change with it or stay the same, and even with that it is still up to the community to accept or deny us. Author Washington Irving was a…

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  • Rip Van Winkle American Dream Analysis

    “Rip Van Winkle” was an iconic short story that was written by Washington Irving, in June, 1818. It was so well-known that almost every child in the United States has read it or heard about it once in their lifetime. Irving creates a simple-minded and easygoing character named Rip Van Winkle. He was cherished by the community, but his wife henpecks him day and night because of his carefree attitude. However, Irving’s illustration of Rip does not encompass the true reality of the “American…

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  • Mythological Characteristics Of Rip Van Winkle

    A story where a man magically falls asleep for 20 years requires strange characters to help push the story. In this story Dame Winkle, Rip Van Winkle’s wife, is always nagging at him. In the story we read, “Morning, noon, and night, her tongue was incessantly going.” (Irving, 65) This is one of the reasons Van Winkle likes to go to the mountains where he meets the creatures who eventually lead him to fall asleep. With these characters we as the audience realize that this story is meant to feel…

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  • What Is The Moral In Washington Irving's The Birthmark By Nathaniel Hawthorne

    heart of a story lies in the moral. Once a story has been read, the reader must understand the moral, in order to appreciate the story. Sometimes a story 's moral can be explained with a cliché. Washington Irving 's Rip Van Winkle, can be captured by the cliché, you reap what you sow. Rip 's life was not fruitful, as many years were wasted, causing him to not reap any rewards. The Birthmark, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, follows a man plagued by the obsession to remove his wife 's birthmark, in order…

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  • Similarities Between The Devil And Tom Walker And Rip Van Winkle

    A few months ago, my cousin Mark invited me to help on his farm. I accepted his invitation, knowing he would pay me handsomely. However, when I set foot on the farm, one thought came to mind: what a dump! Mark 's farm was so pitiful one could mistake it for a junkyard. One thing that stuck out to me was his cattle. The poor creatures did not have anything to eat. All of Mark 's grass was dead, and I could count every cow 's ribs from a football field away. As I roamed around Mark 's farm, it…

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  • Washington Irving Humor

    The main focus of all my research on Washington Irving, a Yankee living in New York, was to learn how the first American author pictured the world. Irving is widely considered the first American author not because he was the first author in North America, but because he is the first person in America to write stories “by heart”. What I mean by writing with heart was that Irving wrote with a passion, as he considered his work written for the reason of what he loved the most, humor. Irving wrote…

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  • Imagination In Rip Van Winkle

    Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” exemplifies the theory of imagination using escapism. After sleeping for 20 years, readers are forced to distinguish between Rip’s fantasy and his past. In addition, Rip awakens in another time, therefore his imagination, and intelligence is more developed than the townspeople, or his wife ever thought. Rip’s imagination not only created a free nation, he also freed himself from a nightmarish marriage. Throughout the tale of “Rip Van Winkle,” Irving paints a clear…

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  • The Devil And Tom Walker And Rip Van Winkle Compare And Contrast Essay

    Journalist Linda Ellerbee, once stated, "People are pretty much alike. It 's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities." People do not realize how similar they are until they determine what they have in common. We can see that people accept our differences because our differences make us who we are. Linda Ellerbee 's statement reminded me of the main characters in the stories "The Devil and Tom Walker" and "Rip Van Winkle". Tom and Rip are two…

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  • Characteristics Of American Myths In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

    there lived a many years since, while the country was yet a province of Great Britain, a simple good natured fellow of the name of Rip Van Winkle.” (Irving 62) This reveals that this story is taking place back when Great Britain was still ruling over it. More importantly, when the colonies were beginning to think of revolution. This was a very active time for America as the colonies were getting ready for a revolutionary war. In another point of the story we see that, “He was after his favorite…

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