Is Rip Van Winkle tragic or comic?  or is it mock serious .. why? explain by giving examples ..

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, this is clearly a comic piece.  At times, Irving pretends to be serious, but I think this is just one of his ways of making the story more amusing.

Irving pretends to be serious by telling us where the story came from.  He cites his sources, in effect, and seems to be trying to show us that the story is serious.

But most of the story is amusing.  Irving describes Rip and his relationships with others in rather funny ways, for example.  One example of this is

A termagant wife may, therefore, in some respects, be considered a tolerable blessing; and if so, Rip Van Winkle was thrice blessed.

Much of the story revolves around the relationship between Rip and his wife and how henpecked he is and that is generally seen as amusing.