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Washington Irving's The Devil and Tom Walker - There have been numerous stories, tunes, movies, and craft depicting the exemplary story of man vs. the fallen angel. The old German legend of "Faust," which is accepted to be the primary impact in Washington Irving's "The Devil and Tom Walker", was utilized as a lesson to alarm individuals from wrongdoing. On the other hand, Washington utilized the general subject of bartering with the villain for a lavishly typical and captivating story with inconceivable detail and style of prominent gothic fiction in Europe, where he inhabited the time it was composed....   [tags: washington irving]
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Comparing Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow the Movie to the Book - Comparing Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow the Movie to the Book ?The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. is a short story by Washington Irving. Based on a well-known legend, this story tells the tale of the disappearance of the main character, Ichabod Crane. An effective ghost story, Irving leaves you guessing what the truth is behind the ending. The movie Sleepy Hollow is Hollywood?s portrayal of Irving?s original story. Although the movie is similar to the story in the beginning, the movie takes a twist that leads in another direction that strays far from the original plot....   [tags: Washington Irving Sleepy Hollow Essays] 1408 words
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A Brief Look at Washington Irving - ... “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are Washington’s two most famous books. “Rip Van Winkle” was one of the famous stories of the collection of The Sketch Book Of Geoffrey Crayon. Rip Van Winkle was written in 1819 the story had any elements to it such as freedom, nature, and as well as the supernatural. It was set in the Catskills Mountains of New York, but yet when he was writing this short story he had never been there. Rip Van Winkle was of a man who was trying to get away from his nagging wife and went up the mountain to get away from her....   [tags: first professional man of letters, ] 1429 words
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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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Romanticisam And Washington Irving - Romantic stories did not always end with a happy ending. In fact, the originals of the modern romantic stories were about the evil of human nature. The work of early American writers like Irving and Poe show the influence of European Romanticism. Irving would stress on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories. The supernatural, the emphasis of nature, and exotic locations were used in Poe's works. Washington Irving would use an emphasis on nature, the supernatural, and superstitions in his stories....   [tags: Writer Author Irving] 1087 words
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Washington Irving and Romanticism - The short stories of Washington Irving are examples of the literary movement of Romanticism and its characteristics which are evidenced in this author’s works. These characteristics are sometimes found in abundant quantities or limited amounts in each of his short stories. However, no matter what short story Washington Irving wrote, the Age of Romanticism and its defining characteristics are found in each of his selections. So, too, do each of the author’s short stories present a unique study about the author’s intentions for creating his work....   [tags: Romanticism Essays]
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Washington Irving - Biographical Summary Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783 in Manhattan, New York City. He was the youngest of eleven children born from his parents, William and Sarah Irving. During the week in which he was born, the Americans emerged victorious in the Revolutionary War and his parents named him after the war hero, General George Washington. When Irving was six-years-old, he met his namesake and Washington blessed the child, which sparked a sense of gratitude and interest in the president....   [tags: Biography, Author Reports]
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Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Rather than attempt to dissect the works of a more obscure writer I've decided to go with America's first well known and widely respected author, Washington Irving. Washington's story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is well known among my peers, but I can accurately assume far less have bothered to read it. I am sure most are familiar with the many movies and cartoon knockoffs the Headless Horseman has spawned. They shall not fret however, as I will explore this literary classic for thy dear lackadaisical MTV generation....   [tags: Irving Sleepy Hollow Analysis] 1374 words
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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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Literary Analysis: The Devil & Tom Walker - Can you imagine yourself locked up in a room with no doors. Similar to a room with no doors, there is no way out of hell if it was one's destiny. In the short story "The Devil & Tom Walker" by Washington Irving, the main character's fate is hell because of his wrong decisions in life, accepting a deal with the devil for earthly benefits. Irving reinforces his message about not making decisions that may damn your soul with the use of literary elements and figurative language. Wisely, Irving combines characterization, mood and point of view to perpetuate the theme of the story in the reader's mind....   [tags: washington irving] 858 words
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Moral of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Moral of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the conflict between Enlightenment and Romantic ideals is narrativized. Irving’s story is an exploration of the conflict between these two schools of thought. Irving uses his setting, his characters, and his “moral” (or lack thereof) to critique the Enlightenment. At first reading, “Sleepy Hollow” may seem no more than a dreamy folk tale. But when read in the context of the emerging resistance to Enlightenment thinking, it reveals itself to be a striking denunciation of the ideals of the Enlightenment....   [tags: Irving Legend sleepy Hollow Essays] 1856 words
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Washington Irving - Washington Irving Diedrich Knickerbocker; Geoffrey Crayon; Henry A. Buchanan; Jonathan Oldstyle. All were famous writers of the nineteenth century. All had one important thing in common-they are all one man-Washington Irving. Using these pen names, among many, Irving developed a legacy of utilizing European culture to cultivate American aspects of literature. Fred Lewis Pattee asserted, "American short story began in 1819 wit Washington Irving." (Gale Group 4) Irving is best known for his fictional works....   [tags: Papers] 673 words
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Washington Irving - Washington Irving “I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.”(“Washington Irving”). Washington Irving is one of the greatest of the Romantics, writing many well known stories that we all know and love came from this man. Irving led an interesting life with many honors and titles, from all over the world. He did many other things other than write, although writing is what ended up giving him his name. Irving led a very interesting life, and a long one for the time period too....   [tags: Biography Writer Author ] 1259 words
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The Devil And Tom Walker, by Washington Irving - The Devil And Tom Walker, by Washington Irving Washington Irving the author of The Devil and Tom Walker uses the setting of the story to convey that things with a good appearance can be deceiving and be putrid on the inside. He also creates the right atmosphere for the story, and gives precise details to the audience so they can predict the topic and how it will develop. In addition, he describes each character in a manner that the readers can infer who they are, their personal characteristics, and the decisions that they might make throughout the development of the story....   [tags: The Devil And Tom Walker] 777 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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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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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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Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - ... “Ichabod…knew two emotions, and two only. His were fear, and ambition” (Hoffman). He is extremely cowardly in many aspects and the ambition comes from his overwhelming and extravagant greed. Ichabod is easily scared by fictitious superstitions and by other people. In the nights when Ichabod is by himself, singing is the only solace from his fear of the dark night and the supernatural horrors from the legends of Sleepy Hollow. The fabled tales of witches, ghosts, goblins, and especially the headless horseman petrify Ichabod....   [tags: becoming a hero, Washington Irving] 1724 words
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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”: Washington Irving's Story vs. Tim Burton's Movie - “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a short story written by Washington Irving. It tells the story of a school teacher who is enamored by the daughter of a wealthy landowner. His daughter named Katrina has two suitors, the school teacher, Ichabod Crane and the more attractive and popular townsperson named Brom. Not only is there a written story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, but in 1999 director Tim Burton created a movie “Sleepy Hollow” loosely based off of the well-known story. The names of the characters and the site of the town are consistent with the story but that is where the similarities between the movie and the story end....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 862 words
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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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Irving Washington, The History of New York - Irving Washington was born in 1783 in New York into a large family where he was the youngest of eleven children. He started his career from a law office feeling that it was a job not to his heart content. Being light-hearted and sardonic in his nature he attempted to write for the journal of his brother Peter called “The Morning Chronicle”. Later Irving and Peter thought of creating a high-quality literary mockery. Originally the text intended nothing else but a satire upon the “Picture of New York” by Dr....   [tags: Literary Review ]
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Folk Tale Characteristics in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Folk Tale Characteristics in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the most well-known stories in American literature, and with good reason. Throughout his story, Washington Irving uses many stylistic ideas to create a fantastically detailed and descriptive romantic folk tale. Irving begins The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with a vivid description of the setting of his story. Beginning with the Dutch history of the area, he goes on to describe the town as "one of the quietest places in the whole world", with a tranquil brook running through it and the sweet sounds of chirping birds all around (1)....   [tags: Washington Irving]
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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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Insatiable Desires in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Insatiable Desires in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Contemporary United States natives are known for their consumptive attitudes, which mainly stem from the constant American hustle and bustle for more money, bigger houses, and faster cars. Americans are known for yearning, needing, sometimes even demanding whatever their vast appetites desire. This American concept of prosperity can be found rooted in a popular classic American story written over one hundred and fifty years ago by Washington Irving....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  At first glance, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving seems to be an innocent tale about a superstitious New England town threatened by a strange new comer, Icabod Crane. However, this descriptive narrative is more than just a simple tale because it addresses several gender issues that deserve attention. The pervasiveness of female influence in Sleepy Hollow and the conflict between male and female storytelling in this Dutch community are two pertinent gender issues that complicate Irving's work and ultimately enable the women of Sleepy Hollow to control the men and maintain order....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Favoritism in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Favoritism in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" he has two main characters, Ichabod Crane and Bram Bones. These two heroic characters both desire the same woman, Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a substantial Dutch farmer. Apart from the fact that they both yearn for the same woman these two men are completely different creatures. In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", Washington Irving does not hide the fact that he clearly favors Ichabod Crane over Brom Bones....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow] 453 words
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Washington Irving vs Edgar Allan Poe - The Romantic era writers, Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe, had many similarities but even more differences, in both writing theme and style. This is very evident in their works, “Rip Van Winkle”, by Irving, and “The Fall of the House of Usher”, by Poe. Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe were both writers who exemplified the writing style of the Romantic era. Both writers used their great talents to take the reader into the story. For example, Irving, in “Rip Van Winkle”, starts the story by saying, “Whoever has made a courage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill Mountains.” He also involves the reader in the story by taking us into the everyday lives of the Van Winkles and go...   [tags: comparative and contrast essays] 732 words
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'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' Film Comparison - The title of this movie is called The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow; it was published in 1949 and produced by Walt Disney. The narrating voice was Bing Crosby and the directors were Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney. The genre was a family/horror animation; the rating for this movie would be ⅘, it had you laughing and some of the scenes surprised you. It was comical when the lady who didn't have a dancing partner danced with Brom Bones. It was also surprising because even though Ichabod’s face wasn’t that glamorous, he still proved to the viewers that he can be the ladies man....   [tags: Disney version vs Washington Irving]
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The Devil and Tom Walker and Romanticism - Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker” includes great examples of Romanticism, such as symbols in nature having links to the supernatural, the importance of the inner nature, and the emphasis of the individual. In the story, Tom Walker is a selfish man who cares more about money than he does about anyone else, including his wife. One day, while he is walking through the woods, Tom Walker comes across the Devil, who makes a deal with him to exchange his soul for the treasure that is buried in those woods....   [tags: Washington Irving, story and character analysis] 617 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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All Society in One Man: Character Analysis of Washington Irving’s Tom Walker Character - Washington Irving has been considered to be the foremost American author of the early romantic era. As such, the majority of his works contain elements consistent with Romantic ideals, including his short story The Devil and Tom Walker. Through literary elements such as diction, imagery, tone, syntax, and figurative language, Irving portrays Tom Walker in a negative light. In a larger sense however, Irving’s use of these literary elements goes beyond merely characterizing Tom Walker, as the entire story can be seen as an allegory critiquing society during the Industrial Revolution....   [tags: negative, society, greed, tone]
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Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow vs. The 1980's Television Movie - When we compare Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the 1980 television movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Meg Foster, Dick Butkus, and Jeff Goldblum, we find that while there are several similarities between the two, there are also some key differences. When we look at various characters as well as the storyline, we see those similarities and differences. Washington Irving’s depiction of Katrina Van Tassel is that she was “a little of a coquette” and liked to mix older and modern fashions—“she wore the…stomacher of the older time; and withal a provokingly short petticoat, to display the prettiest foot and ankle” (Irving 325)—because they accentuated her bes...   [tags: Compare Contrast] 1734 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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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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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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Eva Luna and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - ... “It had a single vertebral column; and class Omphalosian, one umbilicus for two bodies. The great curiosity was that one head was white by race, and the other black” (Allende 103). Not only did Allende tell us this story because she wanted to entertain us, but because it would make the story more memorable. Storytellers do this to separate their work for the work of others. The comedy that storytellers use is to make their work more meaningful and exciting for its listeners. Another technique storytellers use to make their stories more exciting is the use of drama....   [tags: storytelling, Isabel Allende, Washington Irving] 757 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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Hawthorne’s Exploits and Irving’s Miscues - Fifteen years separate Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown.” The two share an eerie connection because of the trepidation the two protagonists endure throughout the story. The style of writing between the two is not similar because of the different literary elements they choose to exploit. Irving’s “Sleepy Hollow” chronicles Ichabod Crane’s failed courtship of Katrina Van Tassel as well as his obsession over the legend of the Headless Horseman....   [tags: Literary Comparison]
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Abandoning the Puritan Past in Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Abandoning the Puritan Past in Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow One of the first literary movements in America was that of the Puritans. Their writing was intended to instruct on the glories of God and to instigate a reader's reflection on his or her place in God's universe. Nature, in Puritan writing, was a frightening entity. God created nature so that the Puritans (and others less worthy) could scratch out a living in this world, but nature was also where spirits, witches, and demons dwelt, waiting to tempt and afflict the righteous....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow 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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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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Comparison of Washington Irvin´s The Devil and Tom Walker and Rip Van Winkel - ... Just as Washington Irving describes similar characteristics of both the setting and the homes in both stories, he also describes similarities in the men. Washington Irving describes both Tom and Rip as being lazy husbands. Tom was too lazy to feed or take care of his horse. His horse was “A miserable horse, whose ribs were as articulate as the bars of a grid iron…” Similar to Tom, Rip was lazy when it came to taking care of his property. On Rip’s property “his fences were continually falling to pieces…the rain always made a point of setting in just as he had some outdoor work to do; so that though his patrimonial estate had dwindled away under his management…” Washington Irving describe...   [tags: Setting, Wives, Characters] 949 words
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Diedrich Knickerbocker - Diedrich Knickerbocker Washington Irving created a pseudo historian for the purpose of bettering his own work and to entertain his readers. In 1809 Irving wrote "A History of New York" through a persona known as Diedrich Knickerbocker. This was Knickerbocker's first appearance in Irving's work, but it sure wouldn't be his last. Although he was not real, Knickerbocker was a historian that seemed to be in love with the people and landscape of the northeast, particularly New York. Even though Irving never revealed it, some of his characteristics may be found within Knickerbocker's writing....   [tags: Irving Literature] 1580 words
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Describiing Dame Rip Van Winkle in Rip Van Winkle by Washington Carver - ... He looks out for his neighbors and is always willing to help them, but has no will to improve his own farm. His wife, Dame Van Winkle, is constantly yelling and berating Rip for being lazy. She will even venture into town to track Rip down. One day when Rip went on a hunting trip up into the mountains, he heard a someone calling his name. After looking around, all he saw was an old man carrying a keg of what Rip presumed to be alcohol up the mountain. Rip helps the old man up the mountain and finds himself among men who are bowling....   [tags: neighbors, revolutonary war, sleep]
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The Romantic American Male in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Masculinity of the Romantic American Male in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow are valuable examples of literary heavyweights of the Romantic era, but in addition, can also be used to chart sociological changes within the male gender during pre-Romantic and Romantic years. But because neither Cooper nor Irving’s works should be distanced from their cultural backdrops when considering the socially reflective nature of their work, exploring basic historical conditions surrounding the changing concepts of masculinity can serve as a useful move....   [tags: Legend of Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Novel and Film of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Novel and Film of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, originally a book written by Washington Irving, is exactly what the title implies, a legend. This legend includes a town that is haunted by a headless horseman and a single man's journey. Many years later, this legend was produced as a movie directed by Tim Burton. Burton stole the title of this legend and added thrill to this now classic storyline. The book and the movie ultimately have to be somewhat similar, because they share a common title, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow....   [tags: Papers Compare Contrast Irving Burton Essays] 747 words
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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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The News Media: A Titan With Titanic Rights and Responsibilities - The News Media: A Titan With Titanic Rights and Responsibilities The news media has power, rights, and responsibilities that are sometimes underestimated in the public. This makes the news media extremely important in the U.S. This importance comes from the rights and responsibilities that shape how the public is informed and how the public is influenced by the presentation of the information. The rights were given throughout time and have been revised to the point where there is a fine line as to what any news media outlets can publish and share with society....   [tags: New York Times, Washington Post]
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