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Discuss how Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are an entertaining folk tales.

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Both of Irving's short stories can certainly be read as entertaining folk tales separate from the allegories they present as social commentary.

"Rip Van Winkle " is entertaining for many reasons. The trope of the nagging wife and the lazy husband is relatable to many people, though some readers today might see it as misogynistic. At any rate, Rip's retreat to the mountains and meeting with the men playing ninepins takes on a supernatural...

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