Washington Irving

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  • Washington Irving Humor

    The main focus of all my research on Washington Irving, a Yankee living in New York, was to learn how the first American author pictured the world. Irving is widely considered the first American author not because he was the first author in North America, but because he is the first person in America to write stories “by heart”. What I mean by writing with heart was that Irving wrote with a passion, as he considered his work written for the reason of what he loved the most, humor. Irving wrote with love and heart because he enjoyed the ideas of comedy and making other people laughing with amusement from his writings. It was his writings written with heart how many authors after Irving’s death began writing about what they loved the most. The…

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  • Old Christmas Washington Irving Character Analysis

    joy within Christmas, Washington Irving’s short story, “Old Christmas,” sets the scene of Christmas and creates the heartwarming feeling of Christmas within the readers. “Old Christmas” is a story in which Washington Irving experiences Christmas in the old days and the modern days. He captures his grand, memories of old Christmas - the loving hearts and joyous smiles, and he awakens readers to the problem within their modern society and how they have forgotten cheerful traditions of the past.…

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  • Washington Irving Evil

    The evil in “Adventures of The German student” by Washington Irving is caused by no other person than wolfgang himself. Wolfgang causes his own evil because he makes his own decisions and he isn’t heavily influenced by anyone but himself. “His health was impaired; his imagination diseased”. (Irving 2). This shows that Wolfgang has bad thoughts and he lets his mind get the best of him. Wolfgang doesn’t have much control of what he thinks and he has a wild imagine with things that may never…

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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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  • Rip Van Winkle Analysis

    America The Beautiful The setting is one of the most essential parts of a story or excerpt. It creates vivid images in people’s minds, and can aid audiences in perceiving the story in a more insightful way such as understanding why an author chose a setting or what the author is trying to tell us by using a setting. In fact, one of the most important aspects of romanticism is the setting. Since romantic authors have a dislike towards civilization, they must present and utilize the setting in…

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  • Romantic Elements In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

    Rip Van Winkle, a short story by Washington Irving, displays elements of the American Romanticism, as the author depicts the natural landscape associated with fantasy. The supernatural is a very prevalent theme in Romantic literature, and so is the love for the natural landscape, in opposition to the modern life in the city. These elements help isolate Rip Van Winkle from society, in a way that when he returns from his fantastic 20-year sleep, he becomes “the local storyteller, demonstrating the…

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  • Similarities Between The Devil And Tom Walker And Rip Van Winkle

    water, for we see in the beginning of the story, Irving tells that "whoever made a voyage..." These bodies of water in both stories enhance the imagery in both stories. Another similarity in the setting are the forests. We see Tom stroll through "The swamp thick with gloomy pines." On the other hand, Rip lives by houses "whose shingle roofs gleam among the trees." Both Tom and Rip 's stories take place in a forest, and by a body of water. The author Washington Irving chooses to write about these…

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  • The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Book And Movie Analysis

    So, there was added an episode with the cow in the forest, with the spoons in Van Tassel’s home, or Katrina’s story on the porch before Ichabod left. In return, it wasn’t shown how Ichabod Crane helped inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow: “He assisted the farmers occasionally in the lighter labors of their farms, helped to make hay, mended the fences, took the horses to water, drove the cows from pasture, and cut wood for the winter fire” (Baym 968). In the story Irving doesn’t tell us what was the…

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  • Sleepy Hollow Book And Movie Analysis

    Have you ever wondered why some movies often differ from the books that they are based on while others do not? The movie based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Katherine Anne Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” tended to stray from their original stories, the movie made from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter” tended to stay true to the book. It is easy to see why the components of a book often change in the production of the movie when the publication…

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  • The Garden The Machine Analysis

    nature versus the social “machine” by discussing specific selections from the nineteenth century, and how these approaches help to define a unique, American literary voice. While pastoral themes exist in American literature, some authors of the nineteenth century exploited them to undermine their place in the young nation’s literature. One can find a great example of this notion in Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. In many ways, the title character possesses the stark qualities of a…

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