Rip Van Winkle and the Revolutionary War

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The short story, “Rip Van Winkle”, is a tale of a man who went up into the mountains and after a long string of odd events went to sleep. He woke up twenty years later. He went from being use to what the world was like before the Revolutionary War of the United States to how things changed after the war. When he came back from the mountain he found that his wife and friends were gone. His children were grown up and living in this new world that he had stumbled into. He found that changes had been made to clothing and how people acted; buildings that used to be in the town were now gone or changed, and a government that he had no idea about. In this short story the author used the differences between pre-Revolutionary War and post-revolutionary war to show the changes of life and maintenance of some traditions. This is a reoccurring theme in this tale.

During the Revolutionary War, the people that once lived in the small town were now gone and new adults were living there. For instance, his wife and also his dear friend, Nicholas Vedder, had passed away during the time period he was asleep in the woods. Rip Van Winkle was pleased when he found out that his wife had died because he did not have to confront his fear of his wife (Catalano). Yet he was upset when he found out that his companion had died and other friends had left the town. Rip Van Winkle did not know with whom he would gossip with at the local inn. He thought of himself as alone in the world because at this moment there was no one he knew in the town. The Revolutionary War controlled his friend’s lives because Brom Dutcher went and fought for the army and another was drowned during a clash of people. Some people dying helped complete the cycle of life and changed ...

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... the cycle and changes of life as time progressed forward.

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