Rip Van Winkle - village, he is confused with the change of...

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Rip Van Winkle Readings in American Life Christian Yimgnia Rip Van Winkle, whom is the main character of this reading, is a peaceful and gentle family man. The author describes him as someone who is always willing to help others but had the inability to turn his own work into profit. Not because he was lazy, but he was just incapable of providing for his own household. He is also very obedient to his wife who is very angry at times and has no problem of openly insulting. So one day as Rip Van Winkle takes a trip to the woods, he falls asleep after a long and tiring walk. When he wakes up he goes on to meet this man who was supposedly calling his name. Rip accepts to drink with this man even though he does not know him. As a result he falls asleep. However when he wakes up, he finds his gun to be old. And when he walks back to his
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Unformatted text preview: village, he is confused with the change of people, behaviors, and clothing that he had left before leaving. He is explained that he has been gone for 20 years. A revolution had occurred; George Washington is the new leader. I found the fact that Rip had slept for 20 years very unreal and fantasist. However I believe the author tries to show us how useless Rip Van Winkle could be. He slept through a defining moment of American history. And I believe when he woke up and joined the new community, he didnt care about what had happened to him. He didnt ask too many questions and just went with the flow of the new life he encountered. He doesnt symbolize the new Motto for the revolution American Dream....
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