A Brief Comment on Rip Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle is a short story by American writer Washington Irving, as well as the name of the story's main character. It is part of a colle
ction of stories called The Sketch Book. There is no doubt that rip van winkle is an interesting and attractive story. One day, Rip van winkle went to mountain with his dog named wolf. On the way home, he heard someone calling his name. Then he downed to glen and met a strange person. Rip helped him and went to a palace with him. Rip drank with those folks in the palace and fell asleep. The next morning, he lied in the glen with sand. When rip went back to his village, the strange circumstance and people amazed him. After talking with those folks, he got that his friends and wife all died, and times have gone 20 years since he left his home. I like to read the story because of the fate of the main character and the description of person. The fate of the main character is so pathetic. Rip was henpecked and whatever he did, his wife always blamed him and babbled. It is so horrible. Imagine if a man marry with a woman who is so naggish every day like a bird. It cannot be tolerant as a man. Then, he only drank a little, and was a drink. When he awaked up, it was after 20 years. It is so scared and pathetic. The description of person is very vivid and visual. Author described
the Rip by Parallelism structure and metaphor. For example, “Rip Van Winkle, however, was one of those happy mortals, of foolish, well-oiled dispositions.” This sentence structure and rhetoric can let character vivid and visual. In a word, Rip Van Winkle is a story which can be worthy of reading.