Part 1 (1 Page long): We see in “Rip Van Winkle” themes of generational change, continuity, preservation, and tradition. Written nearly half a century after the
American Revolution, in “Rip Van Winkle” Irving is making a statement about the Revolution. What is it Washington Irving is trying to convey to the reader through his
story? Do any of the surrounding characters have roles or represent themes related to the Revolution? If so, what might those be?
Part 2 (1 page long): James Fenimore Cooper challenges the reader to consider who really owns the land and its natural resources. What evidence is in there of natural
law versus human law? What can we say about individual freedoms versus the ideal of equal opportunities protected by the institutions of a justly ordered society?
Express these juxtapositions using lines from the reading as support. And then please add your opinion of ownership and conservation, law, and freedoms.
Week Eight: Reason and
Revolution Part III / The
Romantic, the Real and the
Selections from American
Washington Irving Author Bio © The McGraw-Hill
(1783–1859) RWith Cooper, Poe, and Hawthorne, Irving has survived all other American writers of fiction before
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