Washington Irving

Start Your Free Trial

Rip Van Winkle is a fictional tale, yet it presents truths that can teach the readers . Write an essay on truth presented in the story.

Expert Answers info

lynnebh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write1,203 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

One of the truths presented by this short story is that change can be either good or bad, depending on one's outlook.

When Rip falls asleep, the colonies are still under British rule. When he awakens, the American Revolution has taken place and the government is "of the people, by the people, and for the people." Rip realizes this when he overhears people discussing politics in a lively fashion, whereas before he had fallen asleep,...

(The entire section contains 247 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial