Rip Van Winkle Analysis

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Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle,” is a short story that illustrates parts of the American Revolution. Main character Rip Van Winkle falls asleep in the forest, and doesn’t awake until twenty years later, only to realize the world is much different than he remembers. Rip’s wife was a shrewish woman, and often her constant nagging forced him to spend much time away from home. He would take long walks throughout the woods with his closest companion, his dog Wolf. One day, Van Winkle decided to go for a hunt with his dog Wolf so they set out to the mountains. When evening began to fall Rip realized that darkness would fall soon, so he rested underneath a tree. The next day as he begins to set out for home Rip hears someone calling his name. He proceeded to find an old man carrying a barrel on his back, so Van Winkle gives him a hand. Throughout their travels they come up a group of odd-looking men that the old man seemed to know. They went on to play ninepin for a while. The old man offered Rip a drink from the barrel, and they drank until Rip found himself in a deep sleep and doesn’t awake until twenty years later. When Rip Van Winkle to what he thinks it’s the next morning he realizes that somethings are not the same. He notices that his body aches, but doesn’t pay it much attention. He calls out for his dog Wolf, but does not get a response. He proceeds on his journey back home to his village, and realizes that things are nothing as he remembered. He doesn’t remember
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