Day 2

Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Who is the narrator of "Rip Van Winkle" and what impact does he have on our trust in the story?

    The shift in narrator means having to adapt to a new point of view. This shift, while it in some ways brings us closer to the one who recorded the events, has a way of removing us as the reader from the a reliable narrator. Others may simply argue that because we've been given the context of Diedrich Knickerbocker's writing, reading from DK's point of view seems more authentic.

  2. 2

    Do you think Rip deserves the criticism he gets?

    Some students may answer that in fact, his wife's "henpecking" is not uncalled for. As far as we know as readers, Rip Van Winkle does not...

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