What is an example of a symbol in "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving?

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An example of a symbol in "Rip Van Winkle " would be the Union Hotel that replaces the Inn after the Revolutionary War. The Inn, with its sleepy owner and picture of King George III, symbolizes the passivity and inactivity of the time when the United States was a set of colonies under British rule. It is a symbol of inactivity because the narrator tells us Rip Van Winkle goes there to join "idle personages" in the...

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