Is there any similarity between Rip Van Winkle and Washignton Irving's life? If so, someone plz tell me and give me proof.thank you :) <3

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parkerlee eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Of course, not literally. Washington Irving was never comatose, nor did he suffer from amnesia. He did, however, have serious health problems throughout life. This did not stop him from travelling abroad or from having a relatively successful writing career.

The story Rip van Winkle reflects the spirit of his times, in which an individual could see vast changes in government happening within a relatively brief lapse of time. Society, on the other hand, remained much the same. In a more general way, it also caricaturizes the matriarchal role of women, seen as meddlesome and nagging. (Irving never married!) From enotes 'Rip Van Winke Summary and Study Guide':

     ‘Rip Van Winkle’’ is based on German folk tales that Irving learned about through a lifetime of reading and years of travel in Europe. One of his goals was to give the United States, a new country, some of the same feeling of tradition that older nations had because of their traditional lore. For several of his stories Irving borrowed European plots, but transported them into American settings. In a humorous context, ‘‘Rip Van Winkle’’ deals with issues of politics, as he shows how the American Revolution changed one small village, and gender issues, as he shows the comical relationship between a lazy husband and a bad-tempered wife.