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Rip Van Winkle and the American Revolution

Summary: Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" and how it demonstrates the change in American ideal due to the transition experienced through the American Revolution. Gives an insight of the internal personalities of the American Colonists and the extreme change in society that the Revolution created.
Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" symbolizes the European sentiment towards the new society in American and establishes and identity prior and post to the American Revolution.

The character Rip Van Winkle embodies America as seen by England, depicting Americans as indolent and useless subjects of the Crown. Dame Van Winkle, with her arrogant and demanding characteristics, represents England. The Townspeople mirror American society before and after the American Revolution.

Dame Van Winkle is constantly tormenting Rip to attend to the household. She aggravates him so much he tries to seek refuge at the town taveren to remain idle with his friend. This directly parallels the political situation with the government control of England. England was very domineering in the colonies' everyday life and not willing to allow America its freedom. Americans were trying to abvoid the tyranny of England, just as Rip would...

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