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  • Diedrich Knickerbocker Essay

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    Diedrich Knickerbocker Washington Irving created a pseudo historian for the purpose of bettering his own work and to entertain his readers. In 1809 Irving wrote "A History of New York" through a persona known as Diedrich Knickerbocker. This was Knickerbocker's first appearance in Irving's work, but it sure wouldn't be his last. Although he was not real, Knickerbocker was a historian that seemed to be in love with the people and landscape of the northeast, particularly New York. Even though Irving

  • Analysis Of The Book ' Rip Van Winkle '

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    Washington Irving describes the nature in a quote by stating, “Whoever has a voyage up the Hudson, must remember the Catskill Mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to a noble height, and lording it over the surrounding country.” (IRVING 471) Which means the story takes place in the Catskill Mountains (a range in southern eastern New York) I’m assuming there home is in the mountains as well. They describe more

  • Rip Van Winkle, By Washington Irving

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    through many years of popularity in American literature. This narrative is eloquently written by Washington Irving, a prolific nineteenth century American writer. The Author sets the story in a village near the Hudson River, along the banks of the Catskill Mountains where Great Britain once held reigns. Irving presents the reader with a story that effectively delivers an abundance of connotations representing the era of its origin. Through the use of characterization, imagery and symbolism, the reader

  • Analysis Of The Poem ' Rip Van Winkle '

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    From the postscript, readers know that the narrative is a synthesis of German folklore and Indian legends. Irving explicitly demonstrates knowledge of the Trickster figure by citing the “Manitou or Spirit…who kept about the wildest recesses of the Catskill Mountains, and took a

  • Short Essay About Fairy Tales

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    Have you ever wondered why fairy tales are always in vogue, even with their gory violence, shallow characters and unbelievable storylines? Look closely at them, you can find some sort of wisdom hidden underneath all that magic and drama. So don't fret when your child goes gaga over a perfect princess or takes after a naughty troll. Just help your child decipher the hidden values from such tales. These tales do not have any grey areas - the demarcation between right and wrong is crystal clear, so

  • Essay on Character And Theme In Rip Van Winkle

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    In Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Rip's character is closely correlated with the theme of nature and its prominence over the ever-changing world. The story is set in the Kaatskill Mountains, an important setting with a luminance that does not falter throughout. Similarly, Rip is immediately described as a respectable and well liked man in his mountainous setting. Right off the bat, the two can be easily associated. The magical elements in the story cause Rip to fall asleep for twenty years

  • National Mythology In Rip Van Winkle

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    readers to understand the importance of the setting, the characters and events because they are what brings national mythology to life. The Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River were very eerie and were known to be haunted.: “In old times, say the Indian traditions, there was a kind of Manitou or spirit, who kept about the wildest recesses of the Catskill Mountains.” (Irving 20)It shows that many people were even

  • Rip Van Winkle Essay

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    people from outside the nation. But yet, one man was able to sleep through it and wake up in an entirely different nation. Washington Irving’s story “Rip van Winkle” is about a man who went to the forests of the Kaatskill Mountains (now known as the Catskill Mountains) in the Appalachians. He met some weird creatures there and somehow fell asleep for 20 years. When he woke up, he learned about what happened and he knew that his life would completely change. The setting in this story plays a very important

  • Washington Irving, American Story Teller Essay

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    Washington Irving, American Story Teller I strongly agree with the statement “Washington Irving found in legend and folklore a view of the natural world colored by emotion, by superstition, and by the ancient belief that supernatural beings inhabit the wild places of the earth. He wrote stories that illustrated old truths about human nature and the dramatic possibilities of the American landscape.” Although Irving wrote over twenty volumes, including essays, poems, histories, biographies

  • Literary Style Of Washington Irving

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    Washington Irving, known as the father of American Literature, is known for his stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Devil and Tom Walker” and many more. In such famous works, Irving also shows many special literary devices, like using legends and myths within the story. Other distinct styles are using the appearances of the people of the story or even the setting. Irving would use special traits of characters and setting to describe or progress the plot of the story