Rip Van Winkle

What is the theme of "Rip van Winkle"?

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Washington Irving's short story "Rip Van Winkle" tells the story of the titular character, who while beloved by his neighbors, children, and animals, is made miserable by his wife. When hunting squirrels in the Catskills one autumn day, Van Winkle encounters a strange little man dressed in antique Dutch clothes; Van Winkle assists him in carrying a keg up the mountain, where he sees a band of similarly attired little men. He then takes a few sips from their keg and falls asleep; when he awakens, he discovers that he has slept for many years, that his wife is dead, that his children are grown, and that the world has changed around him. 

Thematically, the story deals with conflict in marriage, the changes brought about by the American...

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dont let time past you by

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the theme is to "dont run away from your problems b/c you will miss out on the good things to" like in this story he ran off into the woods to escape the nagging and the troubles of the farm and missed out on his kids growing up.

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