Rip_Van_Winkle

Rip_Van_Winkle - story that someone tells, there will be...

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John Spina Informal Assignment # 2 9/11/10 The use of narrative and textual devices is one technique many authors use in their writings. One such author is Washington Irving in his story “Rip Van Winkle”. In his story, he used techniques such as creating an imaginary characters and writing about old folktales. Narrative and textual devices are used for many reasons in literature. In the story of “Rip Van Winkle” Washington Irving invents a character, Dietrich Knickerbocker, to tell the tale of Rip Van Winkle. I believe he does this to create a false sense of validity to the story. He creates an entire persona known as Knickerbocker and even decides to write about some of Knickerbockers life, saying that some people do not believe that his story of Rip Van Winkle is true. They think that his story is too similar to another German folktale. I believe Irving decided to doubt the validity of Knickerbockers stories because for every
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Unformatted text preview: story that someone tells, there will be people that do not believe it. This will cause more people to believe the truth to the Rip Van Winkle story. Irving then decides to tell the history of the Catskill Mountain area and how it is a land of fable. The Indians tell tales of spirits who ruled the land by controlling the weather and other such things. This makes the story have an even more false sense of validity. Narrative and textual devices are used a lot in writing. In the story Rip Van Winkle, Irving uses them to make his fictional story more believable in the eyes of the reader. I think that people can enjoy reading much more if they can believe the story. He also relates the story to something in real life, the Catskills, and how it is actually thought to have weird things happened in that area....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2010 for the course WRT 105 taught by Professor Wake during the Fall '08 term at Rochester.

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