"He entered the house, which, to tell the truth, Dame Van Winkle had always kept in neat order. It was empty, forlorn, and apparently abandoned. This desolateness overcame all his connubial fears---he called loudly for his wife and children---the lonely chambers rang for a moment with his voice, and then all again was silence." - Washington Irving "Rip Van Winkle"
In class last week for American Literature 1800-1915, I discovered a very interesting comparison between the story of "Rip Van Winkle" and another very popular work, It's A Wonderful Life. You don't see the connection, hmm? Well then, let's take a look, shall we?
In the story "Rip Van Winkle," Rip does not like to do his own work, but then he avoids the wrath of his wife, and, to say it bluntly, runs away, gets drunk and passes out in the woods. When he wakes up, it is twenty years later, and Rip gets a taste of what life was like without him, seeing the effects of the American Revolution on his home and community.
In the movie, It's A Wonderful Life, the main character, George, thinks that there is no point to his life and contemplates suicide. Then, an angel, Clarence, takes him through the lives of others and shows him exactly what things would be like without him around.
See the resemblance now?? I certainly do.
Okay, that was not exactly the most formal, but I just felt that that needed to be pointed out. Until the next post, ladies and gentlemen!