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Luscious literary elements All well written stories are composed of specific elements that capture the readers 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 readers 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 Irvings ability to construct a creative setting or time and location in which a story takes place allowed the readers ability to effectively focus upon the story While the theme and setting played significant roles in maintaining the readers interest his use of effective characterization or process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character helped in obtaining the readers imagination through out the story Irvings ability to appeal to the readers senses effectively establishes the setting Visual descriptions such as when the weather is fair and settled they are clothed in blue and purple and small yellow bricks allowed the reader to quickly visualize the setting Irvings use of emotive language by introducing words such as henpecked husband squabbles and evening gossiping allowed the reader to identify emotions and feel part of the story The effective use of auditory senses added interest to the setting such as the birds were hopping and twittering through out the bushes and the noise of the balls which whenever they were rolled echoed along the mountains like rumbling peals of thunder The use of time and location played an important part of the waking of Rip Van Winkle the author makes use of this to describe to the reader the changes that have occurred over the twenty-year span The use of appealing sensory descriptions through out the
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