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Rip Van Winkle - "The outline for each story, although based on native history, can be found in legend and myth." Robert M. Meyers, a famous critic, said this about Washington Irving's amazing talent in writing short stories in literature. "Rip Van Winkle" is one of Washington's most famous short stories. Washington does a fantastic job in the story using the themes of martial conflict and American Revolution. Throughout the story, both seem very noticeable. "Rip Van Winkle" covers many literary elements, all of which are very noticeable to the reader....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle]
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The Message of Rip Van Winkle - Rip looked, and beheld a precise counterpart of himself, --[It appears Rip has seen an exact mirror-image of himself--the way others have always perceived him]-- as he went up the mountain--[This was the way he was before his "sleep," or journey up the mountain]--: apparently as lazy, and certainly as ragged--[Before he encountered the party on the mountain, he was a casual, rough and lazy person]--. The poor fellow was now completely confounded--[It appears to everyone that Rip Jr. was confused in his thoughts, however, just as Rip Sr....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 1037 words
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Rip Van Winkle and Romanticism - Rip Van Winkle and Romanticism In the world of literature, there are many types of writing that an author can take to express his ideas. Their topics can be explained through life experiences, biographies, poetry, or other forms of literature. One of the forms that authors use is Romanticism. There are many qualities that define the different viewpoints of Romanticism. Rip Van Winkle, “Thanatopsis,” and “The Cross of Snow” are all examples of writing from the period of Romanticism....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 1453 words
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Transformation and Freedom in Rip Van Winkle - Transformation and Freedom in Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving's, "Rip Van Winkle" presented a tale of a "dreamer." Rip Van Winkle was a family man who worked odd jobs around town, but managed to slip away from doing his own work around his farm. He was "one of those happy mortals...who take[s] the world easy." (pg. 404). He constantly struggled with the "henpecking" of his wife. Van Winkle found refuge and comfort going squirrel shooting with his dog. "Rip Van Winkle" depicts a story of a man longing to be free, and of the transformation that occurs to him and the town....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 719 words
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An Analysis of Irving's Rip Van Winkle - An Analysis of Irving's Rip Van Winkle Rip Van Winkle had grabbed his gun and his dog, Wolf, and headed out to the woods. He rested under a tree where evening came on quickly. As Rip was getting ready to journey back home, he heard a voice calling his name. He went to see who was calling his name. He discovered an old man carrying a keg on his back. Rip and the old man walked to a ravine in the mountain. There they found a band of odd-looking people. Rip and the old man drank from the keg the man was carrying on his back....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 784 words
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Rip Van Winkle and the American Dream - In Rip Van Winkle, Irving shows his doubts in the American Identity and the American dream. After the Revolutionary war, America was trying to develop its own course. They were free to govern their own course of development; however, some of them had an air of uncertainties on their own identity in this new country. Irving was born among this generation in the newly created United States of America, and also felt uncertainty about the American identity. Irving might be the writer that is the least positive about being an American....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 649 words
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An Allegorical Reading of Rip Van Winkle - An Allegorical Reading of Rip Van Winkle In Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” an allegorical reading can be seen. The genius of Irving shines through, in not only his representation in the story, but also in his ability to represent both sides of the hot political issues of the day. Because it was written during the revolutionary times, Irving had to cater to a mixed audience of Colonists and Tories. The reader’s political interest, whether British or Colonial, is mutually represented allegorically in “Rip Van Winkle,” depending on who is reading it....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays]
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An Examination of Rip's Character in Irving's Rip Van Winkle - An Examination of Rip's Character in Irving's Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving wrote Rip Van Winkle with the American people in mind. At this time society was changing drastically. America was attempting to go through a struggle with forming their own identity. America was wanting to have an identity that would set them free from English culture and rule. Irving uses his main character, Rip Van Winkle, to symbolize America. Rip goes through the same struggles that America was going through at this time before and after the Revolution....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 934 words
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The Round, Flat, and Stock Characters of Rip Van Winkle - One particular criterion character effectively supports the central idea in “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving. The character's type develops with the personality development throughout the story. Three types of characters: round, flat, and stock, appear in most stories. The round character displays a fully developed personality and full emotions. Flat characters, also known as supporting characters, do not develop fully or express complex emotions. A stock character, also known as a stereotype, fits an established characterization from real life or literature....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 955 words
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Confusion and Personal Identity in Rip Van Winkle -   Rip Van Winkle tells the story of a man who, on a trek into the Kaatskill mountains, mysteriously sleeps away twenty years of his life during the Revolutionary War. When he returns home, he finds that things have dramatically changed; King George no longer has control over the colonies, and many of his friends have either died or left town. At this point, the story reaches its climax, where Van Winkle realizes that his life may be forever changed. To this point, Rip Van Winkle has had only to deal with the change in his surroundings....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 1000 words
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Rip Van Winkle and its Impact on Society - Rip Van Winkle and its Impact on Society Events, no matter how small can change a society, a culture, and an outlook in the blink of an eye. Whether it is in a war, a speech, a gesture, or even a novel. Washington Irving made an incredible impact from his short story "Rip Van Winkle", drawing the events surrounding him to form a simple story with deep meaning. To bring to a pinpoint, the story shaped the American culture as the American culture shaped the story. Washington should not be able to take full credit for his story....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 647 words
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Rip Van Winkle: A Classic Tale of Passive Resistance - In this classic tale Rip Van Winkle is portrayed as one who is a victim of circumstances beyond his control. A further reading may perhaps reveal a different Rip Van Winkle, one who pursues an avenue of passive resistance in response to a life which he feels is beyond his control. Passive Resistance is usually connected with such famous people as Henry David Thoreau who developed the principal of civil disobedience. For Thoreau, the idea was to choose not to support governmental taxes and policies that he felt were wrong....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 963 words
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What Happened Next in Rip Van Winkle ? - What Happened Next in Rip Van Winkle . Rip Van Winkle acquired a belief the day he fell asleep---July 3, 1766, say---a belief that that day was a fine day. He held this belief under the character ``Today [the day of this thought] is nice.' Then he slept for twenty years and two days, until July 5, 1786, and walked back to town. What happened next. The possibility that struck Kaplan and Evans is that Rip merely updated his belief. On July 3rd he never forms any explicit belief other than ``Today [the day of this thought] is a nice day'....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 922 words
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Free College Essays - The Motif of Magic in Rip van Winkle - The Motif of Magic in Rip van Winkle The story of Rip van Winkle is a popular folktale of the United States. Its general motif is the magical passing of many years in what seems only a few days. Japan’s popular version of this story is Urashima Taro. In addition to the common motif, the personality of the main characters, Rip van Winkle and Urashima Taro, and plot structures are similar as well. The main characters, Rip van Winkle and Urashima Taro, in both stories are very similar. Both are simple men....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 519 words
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Free College Essays - Rip Van Winkle as Fairy Tale - Rip Van Winkle - A Fairy Tale In the short story "Rip Van Winkle" , Washington Irving tells a story of a man who sleeps through the revolution. This story demonstrates two ways of looking at Revlutionary history, one of myth and one of fact. The mythical representation wins out, through popularity, over the factual representation. In the story, Rip Van Winkle wanders off to the mountains and runs across some small men who are rolling bowling balls and drinking. Rip witnesses all this and joins them in their drinking until he passes out....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays] 498 words
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Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle Shapes American Culture - Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle Shapes American Culture "Darkness...lowers upon my mind, and the times are so hard they sicken my soul," says Washington Irving in a letter to a friend (Letters 446). This statement reveals Irving's intense emotional condition, and in many ways indicates the intense social atmosphere as well as his personal conflicts, during the composition of The Sketch Book. Upon the bankruptcy of his family's fortune, of which he depended on solely for his monetary security, Irving found himself flung into the "galling mortifications of independence" (Letters 487)....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays]
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Rip's Character and Symbolism in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle - Rip's Character and Symbolism in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle "Rip Van Winkle" has been a well-known story told throughout time. There is not a doubt that as a child, many of you heard the words of Washington Irving's famous tale of the man who slept for twenty years. Nor can one forget the "elves" that Rip Van Winkle spent the night with in the amphitheater. Like many stories, Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" has been told so many times throughout American history that it has lost its original purpose....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays Irving Papers] 841 words
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Describiing Dame Rip Van Winkle in Rip Van Winkle by Washington Carver - Rip Van Winkle Project Part 1: -Washington Irving describes Dame Van Winkle’s demeanor towards Rip Van Winkle as “a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use”. Most bladed tools like knives are used to cut things, and often need to be resharpened as the blades wear down over time. But Irving states that with common use, sharp language or cursing will not have “to be resharpened” and will eventually be used without thought. Dame Van Winkle is known for her hot temper and berading of Rip anywhere he goes to try to escape from her....   [tags: neighbors, revolutonary war, sleep]
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"Rip Van Winkle": An Analysis - The tale of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ can be read as a political allegory of Britain’s relation with her American colonies and as an Anti-Feminist discourse. These readings can be defined through analysis of the dynamics between Rip Van Winkle and the Dame. From this one can explore the themes of Monarchy, the Ego, Marriage and Motherhood. The strong and dominate character of the Dame and the Passive idleness of rip creates a strong allusion to the relations between Great Britain and her colonies. The Dame can be seen as a Monarchical figure through her demands on rip....   [tags: Anti-Feminism, Political Allegory] 1674 words
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Character Analysis of Dame Van Winkle - “Rip Van Winkle”, a short story written by Washington Irving, is known for being a tale that illustrates multiple aspects of life before and after the American Revolution. After spending twenty years in the forest asleep, Rip Van Wrinkle returns to his quaint village to find his home transformed into a bustling town. By the end of the story, he has become a local historian; telling the townspeople what the village was like in days before the revolution. The events of “Rip Van Winkle” occurred due to the actions of Rip Van Winkle’s wife: Dame Van Winkle....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle, Short Story, Washington Irving]
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Rip Van Winkle and the Revolutionary War - ... Some people dying helped complete the cycle of life and changed the town because there was a new generation living there. The difference in the town in the twenty years he was napping was large enough for Rip Van Winkle to notice when he entered town for the first time. One of the first things that he noticed was that the clothing the townspeople were wearing was not the same. When he came down from the mountain he was wearing old, beat-up clothing that was not “in fashion” now twenty years later (Ferguson)....   [tags: historical analysis]
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Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving - Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle, is the story of Rip Van Winkle, a seemingly lazy man, prone to habitual drunkenness who wanders into the mountains to escape the tyranny of his nagging wife Dame Van Winkle. During his alleged hunting trip, he meets with a mystical band of creatures “dressed in a quaint, outlandish fashion” ( (Irving p 476). Upon the encounter, he is offered a flagon of beverage of mysterious nature, which he consumes most eagerly and then falls into an alcoholic induced slumber....   [tags: drunkness, american revolution]
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Connecting with Nature in Rip Van Winkle, Thanatopsis, and Walden - Romanticism is the involvement of emotion, fantasy, and intuition in a story. It happens to be the opposite of rationalism which involves logic, reason, and rationality in a story. There happens to be five romantic elements to choose from. They include: dissatisfaction with city life, desire to connect with nature, concern of individualism, nostalgia for the past, and supernatural interest. Of the six stories we could choose from all of them have some part of romanticism in them in one way or another....   [tags: Romanticism Essay] 738 words
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Reflection of American History in Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving expertly reflects American history in his piece of 1819 “Rip Van Winkle.” Unbeknownst to Rip Van Winkle, the colonies are now free of British rule as Irving writes, “Here a general shout burst from the bystanders—‘A Tory. a Tory. a spy. A refugee. hustle him. Away with him’” (Matthews, 2007, para. 36). Rip enters the village armed, ignorant of the fact that he presents the look of a loyalist. The question of being a refugee prevails over accusations of being a Tory, as a colonist refugee would not claim British loyalty which Rip did openly saying “’…And a loyal subject of the king, God bless him’” (Matthews, 2007, para....   [tags: Revolutionary War, freedom, Great Awakening]
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Rip Van Winkle - Rip Van Winkle "Rip Van Winkle" is about a man named Rip Van Winkle, who lived in a little Dutch town in the Hudson Valley. Everyone in the town was very fond of him because he would help anyone who needed help and he would play with the children. The thing he couldn't do was tend to his farm because it seemed that everything he did failed, so he would go out and fish or go to the town inn and listen to the gossip. His wife Dame Van Winkle would get angry at him for being lazy and not tending to the farm....   [tags: Papers] 397 words
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Rip Van Winkle - Rip Van Winkle In the late 1700's and early 1800's, literature began to show it was changing thanks to the newly formed democracy in America. As is the case with any young government, many different interest groups arose to attempt to mold the government according to their vision of democracy. Washington Irving, a native New Yorker born in 1783, grew up in a world engulfed in these democratic ideals. He grew up to be, as many would grow up in this atmosphere, a political satirist. This satirical nature of Irving's shows up well in "Rip Van Winkle", as he uses historical allusions and symbolic characters to mockingly compare colonial life under British rule to the democracy of the young Uni...   [tags: Washington Irving]
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Rip Van Winkle - In this story, there seems to be something mythical and something factual. The myth is the long night sleep of Rip and the fact is the changing events of the revolution. In this story, the author gives us an overall view on a life of a village in the Kaatskill mountains area. Rip Van Winkle is the central character of this story. Irving Washington builds Rip with a quite strange characteristic that makes people hard to understand. He is nice and kind in the eyes of the villages. He is not a lazy fellow; he is unafraid of hard work, he is always ready to assist everyone in his village but his own....   [tags: American Literature] 409 words
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Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving - Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving When superficially read, Washington Irving's short story "Rip Van Winkle" seems to be a simple tale of an unhappily married man whose happy-go-lucky, carefree attitude gains him loving adoration from the village women, children, and dogs; but only scorn from his wretched wife. However, when read more closely, the story takes on an entirely different meaning. Through his constant references to Dame Van Winkle and her turbulent relationship with Rip, Irving gives a perfect metaphoric image of the relationship between America and Great Britain: agitated, uneasy, and up-in-arms....   [tags: Papers] 741 words
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Character And Theme In Rip Van Winkle - In Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Rip's character is closely correlated with the theme of nature and its prominence over the ever-changing world. The story is set in the Kaatskill Mountains, an important setting with a luminance that does not falter throughout. Similarly, Rip is immediately described as a respectable and well liked man in his mountainous setting. Right off the bat, the two can be easily associated. The magical elements in the story cause Rip to fall asleep for twenty years, and upon waking, he is in a world completely changed by the progression of time....   [tags: Washington Irving] 943 words
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Treatment of Change and Expansion in Lotos-Eaters and Rip Van Winkle - Treatment of Change and Expansion in Lotos-Eaters and Rip Van Winkle      During the Victorian Era, great accomplishments lead to prosperity for the British Empire. Accomplishments include owning nearly a quarter of the world’s land and its people. As a result, trade and commerce expanded, and Great Britain reached the height of its power. Furthermore, science rapidly made progress during this time. These rapid strides in economic and technological advances gave the British people a feeling of pessimism about whether they were progressing for the good....   [tags: Lotos Winkle]
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Rip’s Dependence on Society for Self-Identity - Rip’s Dependence on Society for Self-Identity   Rip Van Winkle   After falling asleep in the forest, a man returns to find his house abandoned, his town transformed his friends dead or missing and his own identity in serious doubt. Suddenly he recognizes his exact likeness walking down the street and for a moment he loses his identity. This is not a science fiction piece but rather the well known tale of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving. In the moment when Van Winkle sees his exact likeness walking up the mountain, he let's out an anguished cry, "....   [tags: Rip Van Winkle Essays]
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Character Symbolize in Washington Irving´s Rip Van Winkle - "Rip Van Winkle" is undoubtedly Washington Irving's chef-d'œuvre, and this story of a man who falls asleep for twenty years seems to escape the law of time, as it haunts us still with its mystery. Once the reader realizes that Rip sleeps precisely through the American Revolution, the story begins to bristle with cultural overlaps and cultural conflicts occur between what was and what is. Through the vivid picture of Rip Van Winkle, an image of the American colonies under the rule of Royal England can be seen....   [tags: sleep, cultural. overlaps, conflict] 884 words
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Rip Van Winkle: A Portrait of the American People Before and After the Revolution - After the American Revolution there were many of the American people who were lost as to whom they were now. There were two definite groups that had been created, those that were for the revolution and those that were against. At the same time, there were some that had just ridden along for the ride. When the revolution came to an end, there were people who were stuck in the middle confused as to who they were and what being an American specifically meant. Washington Irving shows this fear in his short story called “Rip Van Winkle”....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Washington Irving´s Rip Van Winkle vs. The Revolutionary War - They say “don’t judge a book by its cover.” This is implying that there is more to something than meets the eye. This is the same case with Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle.” You have to read between the lines of the short story to understand the passion and meaning that Irving has so, intelligently, woven into his story. In the beginning of the story Irving talks of how Dame Van Winkle would basically nag her husband to death. He never worked hard enough, and could not achieve greatness in her eyes....   [tags: surface, literature, wife]
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Comparing British Rule and Democracy in Rip Van Winkle - Comparing British Rule and Democracy Rip Van Winkle           In post-revolutionary America, literature began to show influence of the newly created democracy. As is the case with any young government, many different interest groups arose to attempt to mold the government according to their vision of democracy. Washington Irving, a native New Yorker born in 1783, grew up in a world engulfed in this democratic fanaticism. He grew up to be, as befitted his childhood atmosphere, a political satirist....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1059 words
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Irving's Portrayal of Women in His Novels - In his stories the women were not portrayed as nice. Women were usually nagging and would fight with their husbands. Some critics felt that Irving took an anti-feminism approach to his writing. However some critic feel that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow shows importance of marriage. Some critics also argue the quality of his work. Some pieces of his work are considered remarkable. While other pieces of his work are considered not to be that good. Irving’s health was also not very good and he had tuberculosis....   [tags: sleepy hollow, RIP van winkle] 649 words
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Comparing Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and America's War of Independence - Parallels in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and America's War of Independence The story of Rip Van Winkle is well known throughout American culture. As one of America's most popular short stories, few school children have not heard of Rip Van Winkle's twenty-year slumber or imagined his long, gray beard. In the telling and re-telling of this mysterious tale, the original context of the story itself has, for the most part, been forgotten. Few Americans are aware of how the story originated, and in what context it was first presented to the public....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Rip Van Winkle: A Revolutionary Piece in Fairy Tale Clothing - When read at first glance, Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" seems to be a tale of a lazy man who just wanted some peace and quiet, and ended up with almost too much of it. When analyzed at a deeper level however, "Rip Van Winkle" is more a symbolic story about the changes in the world going on at the time the story was written. Irving wrote "Rip Van Winkle" to show the world the struggle of the newly independent Americans trying to cope with life after English rule. The character of Rip Van Winkle was one who was considered lazy and unproductive....   [tags: American Literature] 860 words
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The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow        In the early to mid-1800's, Washington Irving was an immensely popular writer heralded as one of the 'great' American writers.  Irving's importance lies especially in "Rip Van Winkle" and " The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the sketches in which he creates the vision of the alternate America(n).  His critique of American society through his main characters-Rip and Ichabod-and the towns in which they live gives shape to an America not usually acknowledged by his contemporaries, and thus crucial to American literary studies today.  J....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Most Americans probably believe our times are different from Washington Irving’s era. After all, almost 200 years have passed, and the differences in technology and civil liberties alone are huge. However, these dissimilarities seem merely surface ones. When reading “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I find that the world Irving creates in each story is very familiar to the one in which I grew up....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Comparing Fall of the House of Usher, Young Goodman Brown, and Rip Van Winkle - Comparing Fall of the House of Usher, Young Goodman Brown, and Rip Van Winkle In the early eighteen hundreds, literature in the Americas started a revolution of style in upcoming authors. Authors started to look towards nature for symbolism and society as a source of sin. The underlined meaning in most of these stories was meant to leave the reader with a new perspective of their personal lives and society as a whole. Three stories that use this particular technique are Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," Edgar Allen Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher," and Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle....   [tags: Compare Contrast Papers Hawthorne Poe Irving]
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Comparing Irving's Rip Van Winkle and The Devil and Tom Walker - An Analysis of Irving's Rip Van Winkle and The Devil and Tom Walker Washington Irving was one of the first American writers to write any kind of fantasy story or writing. At first he tried to pass his stories as real life accounts found in a dead mans dresser. The start of one states that it is real and has been deemed so by collages and some museums. After he saw how much people liked his stories he published all of them in " The Sketch Book of Godfred Crayon, Gent."....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 501 words
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Romanticism's Sublime Style in Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Billy Budd - Romanticism's Sublime Style in Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Billy Budd       "Sublime refers to an aesthetic value in which the primary factor is the presence or suggestion of transcendent vastness or greatness, as of power, heroism, extent in space or time"(Internet Encyclopedia).  This essay will explore different levels of Romanticism's sublime style in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. The essay will particularly focus on how the writers incorporate the spiritual and the terror aspects of the sublime into their work....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Comparing the Hero in Fall of the House of Usher, Rip Van Winkle, and May-Pole of Merry Mount - The Romantic Hero in Fall of the House of Usher, Rip Van Winkle, and May-Pole of Merry Mount Hero n. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. Though this is the definition of hero according to Random House Webster’s Dictionary, the Romantic interpretation of hero is quite different. A Romantic hero is usually somewhat innocent and carefree, separate from the masses, and is almost always on some type of journey. This hero is idealistic, non-conforming, and rarely lives in the “here and now,” but, on the contrary, is well rounded, skilled in some fashion, and able to communicate with all walks of life....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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A Brief Biography of Washington Irving - “WHETHER we agree or not with the judgment that Washington Irving was the first American man of letters, it is not to be questioned that he was the first American author whose work was received abroad as a permanent contribution to English literature” (W.A.N). The creation of his greatest stories revolve around his personal life in New York and the time after the American Revolution. This time in history was the beginning of imagination. People began to rebel the classical styles of literature, they strived for more imagination and emotions, they began to believe creativity was more powerful than logic and science and used these approaches in their writings (Schwartz)....   [tags: notorious American authors]
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The Routing Information Protocol ( RIP ) - The Routing Information Protocol ( RIP ) INTRODUCTION: I will summarize Request For Comments (RFC) 1058, Routing Information Protocol (RIP), by discussing RIPs basic algorithm/distance vector algorithm, protocol, message format, protocol limitations, and new improvements to RIP. RIP is very important to internetworking, since it passes information about routes between networks and hosts. It allows hosts and gateways to exchange information for the purpose of computing routes. BASIC ALGORITHM/DISTANCE VECTOR ALGORITHM: RIP was designed to work with moderate sized networks, which used pretty much the same technology....   [tags: Routing Information Protocol RIP Essays]
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Vincent van Gogh's Life and Accomplishments - Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. He was born in 1853, in the town Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. He inherited his artistic abilities from his mother, who was also a very talented artist by the name of Anna Cornelia Carbentus. Van Gogh is well known for having psychological problems. His problems began at a really young age and it is something that he battled with all throughout his life, and it is revealed in his artwork. Although van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time, very few people were familiar with his work until after his death....   [tags: van gogh, paintings, artwork]
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