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The love, affection, and warmth for Rip Van Winkle would not be limited to humans. Even the dogs recognized him and would not bark to see him. Rip Van Winkle is known to others as an extremely useful man who can extend his hand of help in any kind of work needed. This is understandably, the main reason why so many people love him since Rip keeps proving his friendship again and again with different people; “a friend in need is a friend indeed” (“Cultural Dictionary”).
Indeed, the same friendship becomes the cause of the twist in the story, when one day, while helping the Dutch strangers carry the keg up the mountain, Rip happens to drink a bit and then goes on to sleep for almost two decades. When he wakes up, he finds that his wife is dead. In a way, Rip’s habit of being “the friend in need” (“Cultural Dictionary”) rids him from all sorts of tensions and depressions in life so that he can have a wonderful and peaceful time sleeping, where he does not have to get berated by his wife everyday, or think, “what excuse shall I make to Dame Van Winkle?” (Irving
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This is in marked contrast to the character of Young Goodman Brown in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s narrative, where the protagonist changes markedly after his encounter with the supernatural and remains alienated from the world. In the light of Rip Van Winkle’s weak character, Irving’s treatment of his protagonist is too sympathetic to strike a chord with all readers.
He had chosen the solitary life like hermits and his quest of idleness used to get framed up often with his interesting stories, toys and chocolates that he used to distribute amid the children of his locality. Rip always wanted to break free from the shackles of the mundane household and his nagging wife Dame Van Winkle, who acted as a catalyst in the procedure of keeping Rip away from the menial chores of life.
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Among them are Hamlet, Oedipus, Romeo, Achilles, and so on. These men are well-known for their strength and passion to achieve what they want. However, there are also some male characters who possess exactly the opposite characteristics. They refuse to accomplish great tasks and would prefer to sleep for as long they can.
Romanticism in Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle”
In Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” several Romantic elements are exemplified – the hatred of industrialization, the emphasis on nature’s beauty, the inclination towards the supernatural, and the defiance of reason.
ntentious. His vision represents a constraint upon mass political action. The re-awakening of Rip is used to contrast two time periods – a year before the American Revolution when he goes to sleep and twenty years after the Revolution began when he wakes up and finds a
To be honest, I felt the same way before the classes began. Once I realized that historical events such as the Salem Witch Trials, are crucial for us to understand and learn from, so that they never happen again. It is hard to believe that there was
irst American Man of Letters’ (Encyclopedia Britannica) Irving’s life was the light of Romanticism but though not really a Romantic was very sensitive to all aspects of Romanticism. (Curtis, 1975) Some of the classics he had written were ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and
, that was by then a newly found country, the same conventional sense of tradition which had been previously enjoyed by the older nations due to their traditional wisdom. Irving also wanted to elaborate the importance of politics in America throughout the history. Through his
The village grew bigger with changes in the houses, other structures and the environment. Besides, the story shows the change in people with most of them not recognizing Rip when he first returns to his village including his daughter. The dress the people wore
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