Washington Irving´s Rip Van Winkle vs. The Revolutionary War

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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. I believe that Dame Van Winkle, in this case, is symbolizing Royal England and the way it treated the colonies. You get a sense that Rip has somewhat lost his identity or sense to really care. This can be compared to the troubles the colonies were going through before the war. Rip Van Winkle is believed to be symbolism for America during this time. Even though he seemed to be at least content, Irving makes the statement that “he would rather starve on a penny than work for a dime (Washington 631-643).” When compared to America during the period before the Revolutionary war, you can s...

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