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Rip Van Winkle emphasizes nature times past power of the imagination enchantment and values individual feelings and intuition over reason to focus on the idea of Romanticism which is the time period the story was published American Romanticism can best be described as a journey away from the corruption of civilization and the limits of rational thought and toward the integrity of nature and the freedom of the imagination Written by Washington Irving Rip Van Winkle is a story about escape from civilization and responsibility Rip lives at the foot of New Yorks Kaatskill Mountains and is well-loved by the townspeople especially the children However he tends to avoid all the handful of daily labor required of him from his constantly nagging wife Dame Van Winkle and often resorts to the wilderness as his outlet away from all the work and stressAmerican Romanticism champions individual freedom through natureOne day while wandering up the mountains he encounters a man dressed in old-fashioned Dutch clothing The two venture up to this amphitheater in which he finds a group of men who is dressed in a similarly outlandish fashion to the man he first bumped into playing 9-pins Later on he learns that the men he met are the ghosts of Henry Hudsons crew One of American Romanticisms features is to find inspiration in myth legend and folk culture Irving based Rip Van Winkle on this famous American folklore Every twenty years the spirits of Henry Hudson and his crew returned to the Catskill Mountains to play nine-pins with the gnomes and to look out over the country they had first explored together on the Half MoonAnyone who drinks the magic liquor will remain in slumber from the day they depart to the day they once again return which is twenty years later Rip was asleep for twenty years This demonstrates another Romanticism quality- stressing on the supernatural realm and the inner world of the imaginationWhen he awakes
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