Rip Van Winkle Essays

  • Apathy In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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    The story of “Rip Van Winkle”, by Washington Irving, is of a quite unconcerned man whom takes a lengthy nap. Rip lives an ordinary life and busies himself with mundane activities, such as fishing all day with no bites and doing odd jobs for his neighbors. One day, he wonders into the Catskill Mountains to go hunting, falls asleep on a knoll, and does not awake for twenty years. Rip’s epic nap is a metaphor for political apathy and passivity in public and personal life. He awakes to a completely new

  • Satire In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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    basic necessities to live, colonists withstood their hardships and unsheathed the covers of the “American Dream.” Quite the contrary, Rip Van Winkle, from the famous tale “ Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving, displayed the very opposite lifestyle of an early American colonist. Disregarding domestic responsibility and experiencing a peculiar adventure, Rip Van Winkle evoked a humorous and satirical interpretation of the New England life. As William Cullen Bryant stated, Irving used his “amiable” and

  • Rip Van Winkle And The Emergence Of American Mythology

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    “Rip Van Winkle” and the Emergence of an American Mythology. By Danise Bachman Rip van winkle in indeed a classic piece of American mythology. Washington Irving set this story in the past and filled it with exaggerated and sometimes, strange characters. It also features a mysterious and magical occurrence that put the main character to sleep for twenty years! These characteristics make for an enchanted story that has charmed readers for two hundred years. The story first takes place in near the

  • Washington Irving's Struggle In Rip Van Winkle

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    short story “Rip Van Winkle,” the main character Rip Van Winkle is spending his days merrily ignorant of any real work and issues. He tends to the needs of the children and wives of his village instead of his own family as he seemed to have “...an insuperable aversion to all kinds of profitable labor” (pg. 620). This carefree attitude caused problems with his marriage, and his wife, Dame Van Winkle, would often chastise him or kick him out of the house. It is with these thoughts that Rip begins to

  • National Mythology In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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    Mythology? A national mythology helps the people of a nation and allow them to see themselves as members of a district and unique. The story of the rip Van Winkle happened years ago before and after the American Revolutionary War. In a small village that is located in the foothill of the Catskill Mountain that is where Rip Van Winkle lived. He is a Dutch villager. Rip was described as a simple easy going man and the people that lived in the village adore him because of his Kindness, generosity, and willingness

  • How Does Rip Van Winkle Characterize The Great American Dream

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    patriotism, and raising a family. In “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving, the main character Rip is able to obtain the Great American Dream through laziness. 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

  • Rip Van Winkle Research Paper

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    Rip Van Winkle could attract the attention of the other famous personality from Europe whose name was Jean Robert Planquette, French composer. He was very famous due to the songs. At the same time he was author of famous operettas. But Rip Van Winkle, theatre single, brought him reputation all over the world. He worked in accordance to Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving which reworked by Dion. This play consists of three acts [5, 13/08/2015]. Then Henri

  • Rip Van Winkle

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    Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving is a staple of American mythology. It consolidates numerous qualities of what makes up a country 's mythology. The characteristics exemplified in this exemplary incorporate being set before, frequently in remote or energizing spots and time; being loaded with exceptional, odd or misrepresented characters; and highlighting unimaginable, gallant, great, otherworldly, or puzzling occasions and their outcomes. Irving made an astounding showing with regards to interlacing

  • Nature In Rip Van Winkle

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    Irving expresses in his short story, “Rip Van Winkle.” I chose to interpret “Rip Van Winkle,” because the main character is unique through his actions, especially how he spends his time at the end of the story, and his actions show comfort, even though it seems that he shouldn’t

  • Characteristics Of Romanticism In Rip Van Winkle

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    1. Introduction This research paper deals with Washington Irving's most famous short story Rip Van Winkle, which tells the story of a man, who falls into a magical sleep during the English colonial time and wakes up twenty years later as a citizen of the United States of America. It will be looked into the characteristics that make Rip Van Winkle a Romantic piece of literature and how Washington Irving's intentions are reflected in his writing. 
Hereby Washington Irving’s life itself will be taken

  • Literary Analysis Of Rip Van Winkle

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    list of masterpieces of the spoken time, on the top of the list we can see the name of “Rip Van Winkle”. This short story combines the abovementioned Gothic features and attracts the reader to see the realities through finding the hidden ideas. Step by step we’ll review the main and key points of the short story, Rip Van Winkle, to clear up some hidden ideas. Other yields of Irving’s pen similar to “Rip Van Winkle” are full of with Gothic elements. As the best examples such as “The Devil and Tom Walker”

  • Flip Van Winkle's Rip Van Winkle

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    Rip Van Winkle was a wonderful but hopeless man. His dog would always follow him in any of his hunts, and Rip would always be concentrated onto whatever he was doing, as long as it didn’t involve his family or farm. Rip was not treated fairly verbally by his wife because of this. Rip’s dog, Wolf, felt his pain when he entered his house while his wife was there. Wolf could only barely make it out alive. It was Rip’s routine to go out in the woods with a gun and shoot some squirrels if he ever wanted

  • Rip Van Winkle Democracy Analysis

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    A Comparison of British Rule and Democracy in Irving’s Rip Van Winkle Literature began to change drastically in post-revolutionary America. Newspapers, books, and other material got influenced by the newly created democracy. Different interest groups appeared and they attempted to shape the government according to their ideas and visions of democracy. A New Yorker born in 1783 by the name Washington Irving was raised in this world of democratic fanaticism. Growing up in this type of atmosphere it

  • Rip Van Winkle Literary Analysis

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    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

  • Benjamin Franklin's Use Of Satire

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    of the American short story period. However, Franklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker’ was not the only story that helped to define the beginning of the American short story with the use of satire; Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” also introduces the complexed technique satire. Rip Van Winkle and his wife have

  • Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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    “Rip Van Winkle” is a short story by, Washington Irving. It was written in June 1818, after Washington was spending time with relatives, remembering their times in Sleepy Hollow. The interesting thing about this author is that he wrote this story based from his personal memories and experiences of living in the Hudson Valley. It is also partly based on local history, but with European myth and legend. Today, “Rip Van Winkle” is a well- known story tale. Almost everyone in the United States has heard

  • Rip Van Winkle Narrative: A Quest For Identity

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    Rip van Winkle Narrative: a Quest for Identity The illustration established the concept of full age, it is related with the moral maturity of a person required to be free and take own decisions without the influence of others. In this path, an individual cannot be completely free if their identity still attached to the laws and mandates of the society. However, United States after the revolutionary war had to face this freedom without the enough maturity to build their national identity. Through

  • Comparing Washington Irving And Rip Van Winkle

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    Transformation of the Tale: Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and Robert Coover’s Rip Awake An American folklore that established Washington Irving as one of the first American authors, “Rip Van Winkle” is a short story about a local Dutch-American villager and the mysterious event that kept him away from home for twenty years. Narrated in the third person omniscient, the narrator depicts a panoramic view of the natural landscape as well as provides an objective view of the main character’s thoughts

  • Rip Van Winkle: A Legend In American Mythology

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    certain characteristics in his writings of “Rip Van Winkle”, a well known legend in American mythology. The story has characters are remarkable and often exaggerated in the piece, it's set in a remote time, and there are mysterious and magical events that take place and have consequences. The characters present in the story are, in fact, over-exaggerated. Especially the few main characters – Rip Van Winkle, his wife, and Wolf, Van Winkle's pet dog. Rip is a very lazy person who doesn't bother to

  • A Dream In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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    The story of Rip Van Winkle, a tale written by Washington Irving, can be considered the first form of American fiction. The author chose this genre as an attempt to attract the reader, presenting an important historic event— the American Revolution— in a way that would be both realistic and didactic to the average American reader. This tale, as told by the author in the introduction, appears to have been found among the belongings of a Dutch historian, Diedrich Knickerbocker. Due to the lack of books