In about 500 words, discuss how the author depicts Rip Van Winkle as an interesting character. 

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Unfortunately, your word count request considerably exceeds the word count we usually use at e-notes for answering questions within this category. However, I will answer your question for you within the standard word limit. Therefore, I will focus in my answer on the first part of the short story. This will allow you to then continue to explore the latter sections of the story should you need to increase your word count further.

Rip Van Winkle” is a short-story by Washington Irving, which was first published in 1819.

Initially, Irving depicts Rip Van Winkle as a fairly average person: “a simple, good-natured fellow.” However, what makes Rip appear a bit more interesting is the fact that the author describes him as not being in charge of his own household, which was fairly unusual in the time the short-story was written. In those days, the husband was usually seen as the head of the family. This does not appear to be the case in Rip’s marriage, as he is described as “an obedient, henpecked husband,” which clearly means that his wife is in charge at home, and not Rip.

Another occasion where Rip is portrayed as an interesting character is when he is being described as being very popular with everyone in his hometown, even with the kids, as they “shout with joy whenever he approached.”

Unfortunately, the reader also finds out that Rip is not very good at looking after his family financially, as he is not working enough on the farm: “but as to doing family duty, and keeping his farm in order, he found it impossible.” Again, this is a rather unusual characteristic, intended to make the reader more interested in the character or Rip and setting the scene for the events to come.

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