Analysis Of The Book ' Rip Van Winkle '

1868 Words May 31st, 2016 8 Pages
For the latter part of the last two centuries, generations of people around the world have read or heard of the tale of the man who slept for two decades known as “Rip Van Winkle”. This short story was originally published in a book called “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” by American author Washington Irving under the pseudonym “Geoffrey Crayon. Irving used effective writing to show the reader every detail needed to understand where and what is going on especially during the transitioning periods of before the American Revolution to the aftermath. Some generalize this story as a simple story of a man who slept for two decades, however what if the theme of this story is truly about the stages of depression suffered by the main character. This could be insinuated by Washington Irving in certain aspects of the character and the story itself of “Rip Van Winkle”. “Rip Van Winkle” tells the story of a man who was “observed that he was a simple good natured man” (Rip Van Winkle 30), who spent most of his time helping others and very little time helping himself. The story took place in the late 1700’s in a small village near the Hudson River around the Kaatskill Mountains where it began around a time where Great Britain still had control of the colonies and it lasted until after the eventual American Revolution. Irving wrote the story in a way that it could be narrated by a fictional character Diedrich Knickerbocker that he created, who also acted as the narrator for…
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