Do you, as a late twentieth-century reader, find the story humorous, or is it too outdated to be funny to us today? Explain your response.from the story "Rip van Winkle"

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reidalot eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This question requires a personal response, yet in today's world we are flooded with sit-coms on television that deal primarily with the same theme-the lazy husband and the nagging wife, always a humorous theme to see how the husband avoids the wife's nagging! How many can you name? I think of "The Simpsons," the classic, "All in the Family," and even earlier, "The Honeymooners." Therefore, the reason this tale has withstood the test of time is that it is timeless. Whenever you have marriages, you will find spouses who bicker and nag, the general stereotype is that is the wife! Another ageless theme is that of escape. Rip is allowed to escape the dreariness of his existence by drinking magic liquid and sleep away his drudgery. I would imagine many of us would have chosen to escape once in awhile! Again, I would think you could name quite a few movies that deal with this theme!