Can you help me write a good thesis statement about the relationship between Rip van Winkle and his wife?in Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle"

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jmj616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dame Van Winkle, the wife of Rip Van Winkle, is certainly no easygoing "lovey-dovey" lady. 

The narrator of Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" calls Rip's wife a "shrew" and a "termagant," both terms uses to describe a nasty, overbearing wife.  Rip is referred to as an "obedient, hen-pecked husband."   

Rip, of course, is hardly faultless.  He is a lazy, unsuccessful man who spends his time hunting, fishing, or hanging out with his friends at the tavern. 

  Perhaps you could write a thesis statement in which you claim that Mrs. Van Winkle is a shrew, or---just the opposite---that she is a concerned wife who tries to reform her lazy, good-for-nothing husband.