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The Rip Van Winkle Theme and the Effect of the Different Types of Medium John Spina WRT 105 – Media Frontiers 1900/2000 Nikolaus Wasmoen, Department of English 9/20/10
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What would you do if you were to completely miss out on a huge historical event because you fell asleep for a few years or were cryogenically frozen for an entire millennium? This idea is a common theme used in different literature throughout history. Although the general idea is always the same, the way it is portrayed can be very different depending on the time period in which it is written or the different medium used, such as a written text, on stage, or on film. Authors tend to write about things that are happening or recently happened in the world to keep the different types of audiences interested. One of the first adaptations of this theme was in the story of Rip Van Winkle, written by Washington Irving in the early 19 th century. The story takes place just before the American Revolution. America is still under the rule of King George. Rip Van Winkle ventures off into the Catskill Mountains, only to find a man carrying a keg on his back. The man invites Rip to join him in his festivities. Rip begins to feel woozy and passes out next to a tree. He eventually wakes up with no one around him, his dog missing, and a long mess of facial hair. He somehow finds his way back to his home town to a surprise. It is actually twenty year later, America is now its own independent country under the rule of President George Washington, and most people he knows are deceased. He moves on with his life and goes back to exactly how he was living
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