how does irving set up the incident with the group of strange men? what do these men represent?
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Rip’s night in the woods symbolizes the fantasy of escape through one’s imagination, which is in itself a form of storytelling. The strange men represent another fraternity away from the nagging and emasculating females. They differ from the brooding fraternity of men in the in because they represent the fantastic possibilities of imagination and, of course, the art of storytelling.