Comparison of Washington Irvin´s The Devil and Tom Walker and Rip Van Winkel

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American politician William Hall once stated: “We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities. People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not.” No matter where we go we can always see similarities in everything. We see similarities in how a musician writes his music, and what he writes about. Just as a musician, we see many similarities in how a writer writes his stories, and what he writes about. Washington Irving uses several similarities in his stories “The Devil and Tom Walker” and “Rip Van Winkle.”
One similarity we see in Washington Irving’s stories is a similarity in setting. In both stories he speaks about mountainous areas. In the Devil and Tom Walker Washington Irving states “…on the opposite side the land rises abruptly from the water’s edge into a high ridge…” and in Rip van winkle he states “Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family…” Washington Irving grew up and lived in the Hudson River valley, located near the Kaatskill Mountains, which could be a reason for the similarities in his stories Rip Van Winkle and The Devil and Tom Walker. Another similarity in both stories are where Tom and Rip Van Winkle live. Tom lived in “…a forlorn-looking house that stood alone and had an air of starvation.” Rip lived in a house “which was sadly time-worn and weather beaten…”

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