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"
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.