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    memory. In fact, Rip Van Winkle isn’t said to have dreamt at all in his long sleep. These unfolding dynamics start to shed light on the attitude expressed toward this new nation. The American dream is only for those who are fortunate to have it, to remember it, and to care about it, as it is often only the pursuit of money and power. In Rip Van Winkle’s case, he missed out. Life, for him, is needless of historical context. Is he a federalist or a democrat? He says, “I am a poor quiet man, a native of the place, and a loyal subject of the king, God bless him!” The king here is never mentioned by name, which leaves some space to further assume that the Kaatskill mountains reign over him. This idea has greater significance when considering that, while almost everything has changed in his societies’ “true history,” the mountains still stand—day after day, signaling a consistent and invaluable history, hinged upon “legendary lore.” As it happens, this lore is now more real to him than the history of others, as he can only gather what the world is from story and second-hand…

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    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…

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    “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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    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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    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 Essay Brooklyn Loberg American Lit Rip van Winkle is an American Short story. This story is based on local history and European legend and myth. The author wrote it in one night in June of eighteen-eighteen. Irving wrote this story after spending the whole day with his relatives. Washington Irving’s story Rip Van Winkle was positioned in the 1700’s previous to the revolutionary war. The story is based on a man named Rip Van Winkle. Rip Van Winkle lives in a small village at…

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    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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    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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    Rip’s demeanor to please seems to result from Irving’s own personality. This fictional character escaped to the mountains from Dame Van Winkle’s wrath, but returned to a new world of foolishness after the Revolutionary War like his escape to Europe from the disappointment of his brother and the changes of the world. His humor always presented itself as Rip Van Winkle exclaimed, “God knows, I’m not myself- I’m somebody else- I was myself last night…, and I’m changed, and I can’t tell what’s my…

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    Before he escaped his town was small. The houses looked the same and filled with people he knew. He would often sit on his favorite bench dedicated to King George while watching the townspeople interact. When he returned into town he saw people and business he didn 't recognize. People stared as he walked past them. Rip noticed that the population grew in size and the town was bustling. Their style changed since the twenty years Rip was there. When he returned to his farm house after coming down…

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