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    Rip Van Winkle

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    Hesitant to do much more than is necessary in life; Rip Van Winkle sleeps away twenty years of his life without missing a beat. “Surely,” thought Rip, “I have not slept here all night” (Irving 70). Washington Irving, author of “Rip Van Winkle”, takes readers on a journey through time and change. Irving created a national mythology in “Rip Van Winkle”, using strange and exaggerated characters, magical and mysterious events and a positive message about a nation that is changing. Rip Van Winkle is a man whose company is enjoyed by others in the village, “a great favorite of all the good wives of the village” (63) and “children of the village, too, would shout for joy whenever he approached” (63). His wife, Dame Van Winkle was, however, quite…

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    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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    Symbolism In Rip Van Winkle

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    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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    Rip Van Winkle Analysis

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    aspects of romanticism is the setting. Since romantic authors have a dislike towards civilization, they must present and utilize the setting in an effective way. This is evident in the short story “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving. The historical setting may also impact how and why an author presents information such as in “A Model of Christian Charity” written by John Winthrop. Washington…

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    Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle” contains multiple elements of Romantic literature: primitivism, imagination, and escape from civilization. While the present world features many complex technologies and customs, Rip Van Winkle’s world appreciates the primitivism of mankind with feelings of uneasiness with women, childlike qualities, and a humble life. Among the many characters in Rip’s life, his termagant wife hurts him the most: “If left to himself, he would have whistled life…

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    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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    How does Irving incorporate at least three of these mythical-story characteristics into "Rip Van Winkle"? What is the impact of these characteristics on the story or on the reader’s experience of the story? Two very good questions that will soon be answered. In this essay, You will learn about Rip Van Winkle; a man who loved nature and zoning out. You will also read the brilliant writing style of Washington Irving, and how it pulls the reader in. The three characteristics in Rip Van Winkle…

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    years. Okay, maybe don’t do that. Washington Irving’s mythical story “Rip Van Winkle” tells of a man who wakes up in a seemly all new…

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    The main character, Rip, show’s individualism by trying to independently adjust to changes that occur after he wakes up from his twenty year sleep. Washington Irving’s depiction of individualism provides a basic understanding to show how he adjusted to the ‘’new world.” Noted in the text, “The very character of the people seemed changed. There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.’’ This part of the text provides an…

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    The 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…

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