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    no article about his favorite actor Henry Irving. The theater life inspired Stoker so much that he thought about leaving his job as a clerk to become a playwright. However, his father warned him to stay away from the class of people who act and to keep his job. With no other source of income Stoker reluctantly kept his job, but still attended and wrote about plays. A little while after this Stoker wrote a review of Irving’s performance of Hamlet. Irving was so delighted by the review that he invited Stoker to dinner and from there the two became close friends. So close that after Irving leased the Lyceum theater , he asked Stoker to be his manager. Stoker eagerly accepted and moved to London with his newlywed wife Florence Balcombe in 1878. Being manager was a hard and tedious job, but the results were phenomenal. Every performance in the Lyceum received great praise from its audience members. Being in such a creative environment Stoker again felt the urge to write and in 1882 published his first book, Under the Sunset, and dedicated it to his son Noel. The urge didn’t go away and Stoker started compiling notes for a novel he was writing based on the myth of vampires. While compiling notes Stoker worked on two other works, The Snake’s Pass and Miss Betty. In 1897 Stoker published Dracula and it was a grand success. The critics opinions were mixed, but overall were rich with praise. Unfortunately not all shared Stoker’s good fortune. Irving had been having a hard time with…

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    Bowden, Mary Weatherspoon. Washington Irving. Boston: Twayne, 1981. Bowden underlines the integrity of The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., in which “Rip Van Winkle” first performed, and proposes that Irving’s most highest literary accomplishment was his style. Though the book was not known, it include two of the most famous American short stories, one being “Rip Van Winkle” Mary Bowden received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. She taught in…

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    authors wrote of emotion and feeling. Love is the most well-known and over-used emotion. During the Romantic period, many authors wrote of love, Washington Irving and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow are some examples. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the courtship relationships expressed in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and The Courtship of Miles Standish by Henry Longfellow. Delving into how each man’s strategy succeeded or failed, and how the women responded. A broad…

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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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    Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Courtship of Miles Standish both represent the Romantic era, or Romanticism, an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement, that emphasized emotions such as horror, terror, and awe. Common themes of Romanticism found in art or literature were folklore, emotion, horror, love, nature, individualism, the supernatural, or religion. I am hoping to compare and contrast the courtship strategies of Irving’s…

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    a long lazy summer’s day, talk listlessly over village gossip, [and partake in] profound discussions,” (Irving 32). By Irving’s design, Rip prefers a simple, minimalistic life in lieu of a productive and potentially lucrative life of labor, and he’s happy to evade any obligations at all costs. While earlier European authors may cherish these values in pastoral characters, Irving goes on to dismiss such behaviors in a way that suggests that pastoral lifestyles have no place in a newly founded…

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    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…

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    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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    Washington Irving creates this social conflict between the characters Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel in, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Ichabod Crane, a strict school teacher and singing instructor, represents the lower-class in this short story and Katrina, daughter of a wealthy farm owner, represents the upper-class. On the surface, the text tells a story of a poor school teacher who falls madly in “love” with an upper-class beauty queen who ultimately rejects Ichabod — or so we assume.…

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    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 Dream”. The real “American…

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