Rip Van Winkle
Rip Van Winkle is a short narrative that talks about a Dutchman who falls asleep for 20 years and later wakes up to find everything that has changed. Rip Van Winkle is the main character of the story, portrayed as a genial passive man who spends meaningless things. He has a nagging and sharp-tongued wife, Dame Van Winkle, and a son, Rip Van Winkle Jr, who is determined to inherit his father’s habits. Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle is set in a village near New York’s Catskill Mountains, before and after the American Revolutionary War.
The author has used native customs and lifestyles, situations, scenes, and characters to present humor. The leading character’s poor behavior and his situation cause humor to the story. For example, it’s funny how Rip escapes when the wife nags him to undertake domestic chores. Rip Van Winkle’s relations with his nagging domineering wife also contribute to the story’s lambent humor. The author refers to him as ‘an obedient henpecked husband’ (Irving, 6). The author mainly conveys the theme of freedom in his work through the main character. Rip only seeks freedom to live a sedentary and straightforward life without being nagged. The villagers love him because of his good nature and sense of freedom.
Henry Hudson was an English sea navigator and explorer during the 17th century. He is renowned for his attempts to find an ice-free passage to Asia, which failed several. He is responsible for New York City and Canada’s founding because he discovered the Hudson Bay.
As companies competed to reach the best trade destinations, Henry was appointed by an English firm to find a passage to Asia. He embarked on four search journeys that yield no success due to ice conditions and dangerous sea territories full of whales. Although he was unsuccessful in his mission to find a safe route to Asia, he opened a door for further exploration and North America settlement.
Even though many places bear his name, there is little information known about Henry. Reports show that he was married and had three sons. During the final journey through Northern Canada, Henry disappeared after a mutiny with crew members, and no one ever heard from him.