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Literary Elements Used By Washington Irving In Rip Van Winkle

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Luscious literary elementsAll well written stories are composed of specific elements that capture the reader's imagination and thoughts. An author is usually identified by a definitive style, whether it be romance, historical, the use of suspense, and even biographical. Successful authors such as Washington Irving, use particular literary elements including a well thought out and instructive theme, characterization, and setting. These helped compose a story that would entertain and maintain the reader's interest. In the story "Rip Van Winkle", Irving focused upon an intuitive theme or insight about human life that is revealed in a literary piece. Irving's ability to construct a creative ...view middle of the document...

The use of appealing sensory descriptions through out the story allowed the reader to become involved and stay connected to the setting and characters.Irving's usage of characterization was certainly effective and powerful through the story. Rip Van Winkle was described as a very likeable character that was willing to "assist any neighbor even in the roughest toil", "but found it impossible to do his family duties and keep the farm in order". He would help build stone fences, husk Indian corn, and run errands for the village women. However, on his own farm he declared, "it was no use of work". Irving allowed the reader to view the differences of characters and the effects they had upon one another by placing two different personalities together. Rip had a happy disposition, unlike his wife who henpecked her husband and had a tart temper. By placing two very unlike characters together, it led to many disagreements and fights. By the end of the story the reader should have felt compassionate...

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