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1 Darphin Hannah Darphin Professor Kronick English 2270 21 June 2001 Washington Irving’s and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Opinions of the American Revolution Seen Through Their Literature Through Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s My Kinsman, Major Molineux , both authors address the American Revolution as an impulsive change led by colonist acting like juveniles. Separatists were envious of those who ruled and resented power that did not originate from colonist. Rip Van Winkle and Robin, the protagonists of these stories, did not anticipate their independence in an unknown colonial world. Irving’s character Rip was now allowed to live an idle life, choosing to ignore the colonial changes. Hawthorne’s Robin now sees the world through new mature eyes and must make a life for himself. Both authors portray the separatist desires and actions as childish and irrational. The introduction of My Kinsman, Major Molineux plainly states, “The people looked with most jealous scrutiny to the exercise of power, which did not emanate from themselves and they usually rewarded the rulers with slender gratitude…” (Hawthorne 592). Even though some of the appointed governors were fair leaders the colonist remained bitter and eventually forced these assigned leaders out of office. The colonist behavior resembled a pubescent teen sneaking out past a curfew set by his parents. Hawthorne did not show the separatist as people acting with
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course ENGL 2270 taught by Professor Kennedy during the Summer '11 term at LSU.

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