Rip Van Winkle Literary Analysis

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LITERARY ANALYSIS OF RIP VAN WINKLE There are many stories from the 19th century that left an indelible impact on early American Literature at the start of the Age of Romanticism. For example, Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” has been mentioned as one of those stories because it incorporates three important characteristics of our nation’s mythology. First of all, the story takes place during an important time in our nation’s history, before the start of the Revolutionary War. It happens in a Dutch village near the Catskill Mountains. Irving uses incredibly vivid images to describe the village, as well as the surrounding foothills near the Catskill Mountains (spelled as “Kaatskill” by the author). The woods outside the village are

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