Leslie Winkle

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  • Symbolism In Rip Van Winkle

    From the very beginning, it is clear that “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving is a story that was written with the American people in mind. Written at a time when America was in a constant state of change, and as its citizens were struggling to form their own identities, “Rip Van Winkle” speaks to the alienation many Americans felt during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Fresh off of the American Revolution, America was trying to form its own identity as a country free from English culture and…

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  • Literary Irony In Rip Van Winkle

    story of Rip Van Winkle is a story that recounts the experiences of a character named Rip who has fallen asleep and wakes up twenty years later and comes to the realization of the many changes that society has gone through. An example of situational irony in the story can be identified in Rips indifference to his wife Dame Van Winkle, as Rip is consistently bossed and chided by his wife, but he is still satisfied and content. Another example of irony in the story “Rip Van Winkle” is when Rip…

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  • Theme Of Individualism In Rip Van Winkle

    Rip Van Winkle is a story based on imagination due to a man sleeping for twenty years. Alan Richardson once said “We are not told why the the imagination (unlike other facilities) would be strongest in infancy’’(38). Imagination is most commonly used by children, that is why this book is a children 's book. For example, the text said, “Sure enough! it is Rip Van Winkle—it is himself! Welcome home again, old neighbor. Why, where have you…

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  • Creative Writing: How I Met Rip Van Winkle

    How I Met Rip Van Winkle Today, I am going to describe to you the very day I met Rip Van Winkle. Yes, I know what you are thinking, that Rip Van Winkle is a fictional children 's story character, and that is not possible! Let me just tell you my story, and prove you wrong. As I was walking out of class on a rainy Thursday afternoon, I stumbled upon a man. This man was dressed quite peculiarly, as if he time traveled here from 200 years ago. He was lying against a curb with a rusted, old…

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  • The American Identity

    Despite, or perhaps because of, this country’s short history, the American identity is one of the most highly contested and undefinable of intangible ideas. Many of the highly debated abstract concepts are so often and sometimes needlessly argued over because they are indefinable. So much can fall under the categories of these types, like art, love, and poetry, that deems them impossible to narrow down into workable definitions. A blank canvas can be considered art and free verse is somehow…

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  • The American Dream In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

    Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” these ideas do not get the attention one would expect, or rather, they do not get the kind of attention one would expect. There is a certain apathy given to the very attributes…

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  • Integral Themes In Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony

    Throughout Leslie Marmon Silko’s work Ceremony, there are many integral themes. The story focuses on Tayo, a World War II veteran, who is traumatized by his experience over the course of the time he spent on the battle front. He views his cousin, Rocky, being killed, and this loss to him wounds him greatly, both physically and mentally. His family idolized Rocky, from Tayo’s point of view, because, I argue, Rocky seemed to be a successful Native American, and Tayo was just not as successful as…

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  • Fixed Sentence Patterns Of Traditional Stories

    Most traditional stories are transmitted orally from one generation to another, thus there did not exist an identifiable storytellers being the authors of those stories (actually every storyteller could be one of the authors of the traditional stories). Meanwhile, the contemporary stories always have one claimed author to them in this all-rights-reserved modern society. Compared to the modern writers, who are entirely responsible for their stories, storytellers of the traditional stories seem to…

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  • Theme Of Tayo In Ceremony

    Much like Tayo, I’ve also had friends through the years that have brought out some not so great parts of me. Granted, my friends (as far as I know) haven’t tortured, maimed, or killed, any men, which unfortunately, isn’t something we can say about Tayo’s friends. Like Tayo’s friends, sometimes my friends drink too much, and sometimes they do stupid stuff with their cars. But unlike Tayo’s friends, my friends who do that are good friends and good people, which is not something I’m sure that Tayo…

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  • Postmodernism In Ceremony

    Ceremony with a Postmodern Twist Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony provides a glimpse into the life of one half Laguna/half white man’s life and his search for identity before, during, and after World War II. Tayo, the protagonist, remembers something of life with his Laguna mother and knows nothing about his white father. He was raised by his mother’s family, attended a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, fought in World War II as a member of the US Army, was treated for battle fatigue in a…

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