Rip Van Winkle

Decent Essays
Improved Essays
Superior Essays
Great Essays
Brilliant Essays
    Page 1 of 50 - About 500 Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Rip Van Winkle

    • 723 Words
    • 3 Pages

    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…

    • 723 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Rip Van Winkle

    • 481 Words
    • 2 Pages

    The story of Rip Van Winkle, Rip Van Winkle lives in modern day America before the American Revolution. His village is a pleasant village, at the foot of New York's Catskill Mountains. He has Dutch Ancestry and is a story teller for the children. He is lazy though and his farm is falling apart. To get away from his wife he goes and finds a Dutchman drinking something and he drinks and falls asleep. He wakes up after twenty years and only his daughter recognizes him. The first mythical…

    • 481 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Symbolism In Rip Van Winkle

    • 2663 Words
    • 11 Pages

    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…

    • 2663 Words
    • 11 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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…

    • 705 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Rip Van Winkle Analysis

    • 432 Words
    • 2 Pages

    “Rip Van Winkle” “A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use” (Washington Irving). Rip Van Winkle, a story about a man in his village that experienced mysterious events. Irving incorporates characteristics of exaggerated characters, astonishing events, and also conveys a positive message. Rip Van Winkle contains interesting characters and without those characters it would never make up the story.Rip…

    • 432 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Rip Van Winkle Essay

    • 1351 Words
    • 6 Pages

    The year was 1997. Rip Van Winkle is lying in bed and dreading going to work. Rip was pay phone technician with Bellsouth. He was rather lazy so this job suited him perfectly. All he had to do was drive around and repair pay phones and collect the money. Rip had been married for fifteen years. During these fifteen years, he had been bossed around daily by his wife. Today wasn’t any different. His wife, Dame Van Winkle, stormed into the bedroom and demanded that he get up. Rip replied to her in…

    • 1351 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Rip Van Winkle Analysis

    • 1244 Words
    • 5 Pages

    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…

    • 1244 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Great Essays

    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…

    • 1642 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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…

    • 826 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    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? …

    • 1010 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Previous
    Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 50