Rip Van Winkle

Washington Irving

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rip-van-winkle-washington-irvingRip Van Winkleby the NumbersNumber of foundationalU.S. documents ratifiedwhile Rip slept, including the Declaration of Independence and Constitution4Year the Rip Van Winkle Bridge opened to the public in New York1935Narratorn a word, Rip was ready to attend to anybodys business but his own; but as to doing family duty, and keeping his farm in order, he found it impossible.Irving was a prolific writer of satire, fiction, and history. He published “Rip Van Winkle” as part of a best-selling collection of sketches and stories. Irvings keen eye for detail and character, and his flair for humor, made the story an instant hit.WASHINGTON IRVING17831859AuthorVolunteerismRip generously helps his neighbors but won’t farm his own land.FreedomFor Rip, freedom is avoiding responsibility, civic engagement, and his wifes nagging.ConstancyRips physical being and surroundings change, but his attitude remains constant.Fact & FictionIrving explores the differences between fact and fiction and the truth that can be found in both.Living in pre-Revolution America, Rip Van Winkle is a jovial hero with a goal of escaping his wifes scolding about his laziness. One day he wanders into the mountains, where he encounters strange ghostly beings and strong liquor. After a drunken sleep, Rip finds his village greatly changed and realizes his nap has lasted 20 years.Idling through TimeTHEMESRip Van WinkleBrowbeaten husband; does not learn his lessonPeter VanderdonkOldest village resident; confirms Rips story of ghosts in the CatskillsDame Van WinkleNagging, demanding wife; wants Rip to support his familyStrangerGhostly being; leads Rip astray on the mountainMain CharactersJudith GardenierDaughter and comfortable farmers wife; offers Rip a homeEnglishOriginal Language1819Year PublishedWashington IrvingAuthorRip Van WinkleFantasyShort StorySymbolsCatskill MountainsRepresent mystery and the supernatural change in Rips lifeSymbolize how prewar tranquility is taken over by postwar industry and political activism Inn & HotelSources: American National Biography, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Film Adaptation and Its Discontents by Thomas Leitch, Kirkus Review, National Film Preservation Foundation, New York State Bridge Authority, Williams CollegeCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Parts in The Sketch Book—the collection of short stories containing “Rip Van Winkle7Year of the first motion picture adaptation of “Rip Van Winkle1896

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