Book: Levine, Robert S. et. al., eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literatur

Book: Levine, Robert S. et. al., eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature: Beginnings to 1865. 9th ed. Vols. A & B. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. ISBN 13: 978-0-393-26454-8
Required Reading: Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle” 30-41 [Norton Vol B.]
Washington Irving, “Rip Van Winkle”
Address one of the following issues:
1. Consider that Washington Irving is among the first “American” authors—authors who are writing as citizens of a new nation. Think about “Rip Van Winkle” as possibly the first “American Dream.” If RVW is the first “American Dream,” what are its implications?
2. Think about Rip’s characteristics upon waking: what do his characteristics suggest?
3. What does the Rip Van Winkle narrative suggest about women?
4. What happens to Rip’s cultural identity that makes it possible for the townspeople to produce their first storyteller?
Please support your answer by quoting specific evidence from the text.
Or, you may, if you wish, address another issue/topic/question you find compelling/important in the text. Be sure to refer to specific examples from the text.
Please remember to complete a required discussion you must (1) make a main post (at least 250 of your own words)

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