Rip Van Winkle By Washington Irving: An Analysis

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Many of the readings for this course so far explore the theme of opposing political and religious factions. For instance, in Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, the main character wakes up after a sleep of twenty years to find himself in a post-American-revolution society. Rip, a loyal supporter of the British crown, declares this loyalty in the middle of the town and is quickly confronted by the revolutionaries that are gathered there. The interactions between these people and Rip clearly demonstrate the strong loyalties of each individual to the power figure they believe should be in control. Eventually, Rip adjusts to the new sentiments and becomes one who supports General George Washington along with the others. This reconciliation is
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