The Magical And Strange Characters In Washington Irving'sRip Van Winkle

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When I first learned I had to read “Rip Van Winkle” I assumed it was going to be just another story that I was going to dread reading. However, after reading the first paragraph of “Rip Van Winkle” I knew it was different and then before I knew it I had flown through the pages like there was no tomorrow. “Rip Van Winkle” is full of remarkable yet strange characters, mesmerizing landscapes, and magical and mysterious events. In the first few paragraphs of “Rip Van Winkle” Washington Irving introduces the mesmerizing setting of the story. Through this Irving sets the tone for the events of the plot that are to come. He creates this tone by using very colorful and descriptive words. For example, Irving describes the Kaatskills Mountains as “swelling up to a noble height, and lording it over the surrounding country” and in the evening, the mountains “gather a hood of gray vapors about their summits, which, in the last rays of the setting sun, will glow and light up like a crown of glory.” These colorful and descriptive words make the mountains appear as they are magical. This helps readers establish how they should feel about the setting and what they can expect from the story; which is magical and mysterious events with remarkable and strange characters.
Through the course of “Rip Van Winkle” you stumble upon many remarkable and strange characters. Washington Irving reveals these complex characters through humor and exaggeration. Irving not only gives readers the characters

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