Rip Van Winkle and James Fenimore Cooper

Part I: “Rip Van Winkle” is making a statement about the Revolution. What is it Washington Irving is trying to convey to the reader through his story? Then consider the characters of Rip and Dame Van Winkle. Discuss their traits in terms of them being important to the message of the story.

Part II: James Fenimore Cooper challenges the reader to consider who really owns the land and its natural resources. What evidence is in there of natural law versus human law? Of individual freedoms versus the ideal of equal opp: Rip Van Winkle and James Fenimore Cooper

Part I: “Rip Van Winkle” is making a statement about the Revolution. What is it Washington Irving is trying to convey to the reader through his story? Then consider the characters of Rip and Dame Van Winkle. Discuss their traits in terms of them being important to the message of the story.

Part II: James Fenimore Cooper challenges the reader to consider who really owns the land and its natural resources. What evidence is in there of natural law versus human law? Of individual freedoms versus the ideal of equal opp

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