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SAIGON TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS CENTER TROY UNIVERSITY AMERICAN LITERATURE BEFORE 1875 A AMERICAN DREAM AND THE AUTHOR’S REGRET IN RIP VAN WINKLE Instructor : Le Thi Thanh, Ph.D. Student : Tran Bao Phuoc ID : 1197406
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HCMC, December 2009 TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION ................................................................................... 1 ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... A. THESIS STATEMENT ............................................................................. 1 B. OBJECTIVES ............................................................................................ 1 C. RESEARCH QUESTIONS ....................................................................... 1 II. BACKGROUND OF RESEARCH .................................................... 2- 4 ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... A. METHOD OF STUDY .............................................................................. 2 B. LITERATURE REVIEWS ........................................................................ 2 C. AUTHOR AND WORKS ......................................................................... 3 III. BODY ................................................................................................... 4- 5 .....................................................................................................................
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..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... IV. CONCLUSION ........................................................................................ 6 ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... V. REFERENCES ........................................................................................ 7 ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... VI. APPENDICES …………………………………………………………… ..... 8-9
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I. INTRODUCTION A. THESIS STATEMENT: In the story “Rip Van Winkle”, the author used many characters to show the natures of human in society. The character Rip is used to show how a part of American men lived and behaved in family as well as society. Especially, the author wants to use the character Rip to talk about American Dream and his regret about the past. B. OBJECTIVES: I would like to do research about “Rip Van Winkle” in order to: Describe about the change of society and people after American Revolution Analyze and compare the character Rip Van Winkle before and after American Revolution Comprehend the meaning of Rip’s sleep The meaning of American Dream and the author’s regret
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C. RESEARCH QUESTIONS: My research paper will focus on the three following questions: 1. What is the meaning of American Dream? 2. What is the meaning of Rip’s sleep? 3. Why did the author regret about the past? II. BACKGROUND OF THE RESEARCH A. METHOD OF STUDY Almost based on the knowledge I had studied in the lecture and some of the evident from the text book “American Literature” Le Thi Thanh, Ph.D. and for further information I have collected from the websites about the story Rip Van Winkle. B. LITERATURE REVIEWS "Critic Josh Ozersky notes that Rip Van Winkle is a character well- remembered, though primarily for his long nap and not for any strength of character development in the story: Van Winkle is no Sherlock Holmes; there really is not that much to know about his character, other than a few very important characteristics. But those characteristics are so essential to America, and are presented by Irving in such a powerfully allegorical way, that every American, however illiterate, grows up knowing the myth of Rip Van Winkle (Ozersky). Those characteristics help explain the story and
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show a change in nature over time. Van Winkle begins the story as the amiable townsman with a shrewish wife, and he ends the story "an emancipated widower and ultimately, the village patriarch" According to Cynthia Billy, teaches writing and literature at Adrian College. Although Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” offers one of the most widely recognized characters in all of American literature, and was a part of the first book by an American to win international acclaim, it is in many ways not an American story at all. Irving was not shy about admitting, and scholars have since verified, that
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