Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle is a story with great meaning. Looking from the outside in it seems as though the story is merely for a child. Although, this can seem true, Rip Van Winkle is a story with a very credible moral and many literary techniques. Focusing on the tone is just a fraction of literary examples Irving incorporates into his short story. Irving seems to have not only one, but three different attitudes in Rip Van Winkle.
Washington Irving satirizes the Great American Dream in his short story, and in this paper I will analyze how “Rip Van Winkle” can be read as a parody. In this story, Washington Irving characterizes Rip as a lethargic man, and from my understanding his character is the antithesis of Benjamin Franklin. Rip Van Winkle is a complete contradiction of Benjamin Franklin in almost all aspects of life. Benjamin Franklin was wealthy, ambitious, hardworking, and detailed man who was one of the founding fathers. While Rip lacks motivation, drive for success, and structure in his life.
The story “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving is a moral allegory; a story that represents an abstract or spiritual but is portrayed in a literal way. “Rip Van Winkle” is a tale that is comprised of multiple abstract and hidden meanings, which are all cloaked by material forms. Irving’s use of setting, symbolism, and characterization help to produce a tale that intertwines mysticism with history. Together these create a deeper meaning behind the life of a simple man oppressed by his wife, truly standing as a symbol for the ruling of the British crown over the Thirteen Colonies. The story “Rip Van Winkle” relies heavily on the use of setting in order to facilitate readers with the process of understanding how the story connects to the American Revolutionary War.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” (Churchill). Irving was a very successful writer in his time and still well known today. Washington Irving is firmly planted into the tapestry of American literature because of his use of mood and symbolism in his short story, “The Devil and Tom Walker”. Washington Irving was born in New York City in 1783. Irving had a knack for making up authors for stories he created.
Tom Walker made a deal with the Devil, making himself the usurer for the Devil’s money. The Devil is part of a supernatural realm which is shown numerous times in romanticism stories. Rip Van Winkle helped a strange man carry a keg up a mountain, and then woke up on the mountain a few years later, after the Revolutionary a War had already occurred. This too is an example of romanticism because the man somehow made him sleep through a few years without realizing it. That is why Washington Irving’s stories are examples of
Hugh S. Dawson also added some thoughts to the ideas of Young, Fetterley and Fiedler about Rip Van Winkle that Rip Van Winkle being Gothic story once more shows the advantage of marriage to avoid from wasting life in impenetrable forest [6, 14/08/2015]. Another bestseller work of Washington Irving is “The Spectre Bridegroom” that also included in “The Sketch Book by Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.”. If Irving in “Rip Van Winkle” headed to mix the physical and metaphorical dream reflecting the sigh of freedom in colony, in this work he brought the new American breath to the old Europe. Unlike other works, Irving described the happened events in Germany. All these hinted at that Irving wanted to ruin the old fences around Europe that formulated for many years.
Wright struggles with not developing prejudice attitudes towards those who are not as knowledgeable as he may be. Throughout his life he must realize the religious prejudice and overcome it within himself and within his family. As he struggled throughout his life he was able to gain an understanding of nature’s society’s that were around him. Wright develops of sense of who he is and what he is as a writer. The character in the story creates a sense of survival and struggle in the world he calls home, but while dealing with a struggle he was able to overcome but not delete or cover up what was happening around him instead he was able to understand society and its way of
The story rip van winkle an “American Dream” are very similar. Washington Irving talks about in his story how america is a place that is always trying to improve. Rip is a nice man that tries to help people when he can.He falls into a sleep for 20 years and wakes up to a new American.His wife and dog has died,his kids are grown and see him in the town.There they tell him the new society they live in. Both stories were being part of a new society where the government did not rule a lot over the people,Also there was opportunity for doing your own things.You had your own identity to what you wanted to be. Rip van winkle did not really understand what was going on because, he was not ready for the changes america brought.
To point out that, Rip Van Wrinkle crosses the Katshill Mountain, so as to escape from his tyrannical wife, but automatically he moved twenty years forwards. When he left the village, it was the pre- revolutionary period, and at that time he has to face the constant disputation with his wife. But when he awakes from his sleep, he moved to the post- revolutionary period, and consequently his wife died. However, he does not realize that it has passed twenty years but only one night. The character does not live the events of the revolution, and he moved towards to the result; however the revolution for Rip is, in fact, the restoration of his lost patriarchal authority after the convenient death of his wife.