Washington Irving Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

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

Expert Answers info

Bridgett Sumner, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Hofstra University

calendarEducator since 2016

write1,748 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

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...

(The entire section contains 230 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial