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  • How To Describe A Small Town Essay

    A small town called Westford, in New York State, that’s where I resided in for eighteen years of my life. Westford is about two hours of the city. The closest grocery store is thirty minutes away, and the nearest hospital is twenty three miles. Westford is all country in every way. Animals ran wild everywhere. Some of the animals you would see are squirrels, quails, chipmunks, deer, and even bear. They were not afraid of anything, until hunting season. The trees are so tall with many colors, red, brown, and yellow in the fall. The summers are so muggy and hot, but growing up there you didn’t notice, but we always swam or had water balloon fights. I remember one winter, we got snowed in our house. We were unable to get out the front door. So we had to go out the sliding glass door over the patio and trek mounds of snow to catch the bus for school. In spring, with my mother’s green thumb, the flowers bloomed beautifully, she had roses. They were so red and plump you would swear they shinned. These are just some of the beautiful things I got to treasure while living here. Sadly, not everyone felt this way about my beloved town of Westford. Outsiders thought of it as run down, or even a town full of hicks. In fact many outsiders would call it Hicksville USA. Some even went as far to say that the only type of people who lived here were inbred rednecks, I’ve always found that rude. Us as townsmen never agreed with any of this, we found our town close nit, homey even, where…

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  • Summary: The Adirondack Forest Preservation Act

    1882 which legislated that logging would be banned on all state-owned land. In 1892, a bill establishing the Adirondack Forest Preserve as a state park passed the legislature, indicated by a blue line that encompassed the parts of the region where state acquisition of private in-holdings was to be concentrated. A new covenant to protect the Forest Preserve was included in the new Constitution in 1895. The Adirondack Forest Preserve would henceforth be protected as ‘forever wild’. Early in the…

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  • Uncontrollable Change In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

    I believe Washington Irving’s purpose for writing “Rip Van Winkle” was to 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…

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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…

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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

    Every one of us as kids loved reading myths such as Hercules or Perseus. However, did you know that there are some myths that originated right at home? Washington Irving’s story of Rip Van Winkle manages to merge several traits of a mythological story. The traits we will focus on include, setting the story in the past, filled with exaggerated characters, and features magical events with their consequences. How do these traits affect the story? And how do readers feel because of these traits? …

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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

    Have you ever thought what it would be like to live in a fantasy world or to a part of your favorite fictional book? Many people think that these fake worlds would be better than reality. There are so many characteristics in these stories that make us find it more appealing. Whether it be the unique characters or magical events. A lot of these characteristics we like about stories appear in American myths. All of the main characteristics of an American myth can be found in Washington Irving’s…

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  • Humor And Satire In Washington Irving's Life

    Imagination may envelop the mind of Washington Irving’s readers with the satirical grace of every line’s aid. Traveling endlessly, Irving made use of the slightest details of everyday life and scenery throughout the beginning of the nineteenth century. His observances benefited his writing along with the troubles he faced as his life progressed. Born as the youngest of 11 children, in 1783 in New York City, Washington Irving was named for the commander of the Revolutionary War and first…

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  • Rip Van Winkkle Escapism Analysis

    Washington Irving’s character Rip Van Winkle was a man looking to escape his troubles. When he escaped he slept for twenty years. During his sleep wars were won and lost, a new country was formed and people moved on from their memory of him. Rip Van Winkle’s town, townspeople, and house changed physically and politically while he stayed in the past during his sleep. His sleep demonstrates Irving’s idea of escapism. Irving writes how Rip Van Winkle wanted to escape due to his troubles. Before…

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