The Question and Answer section for Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Rip Van Winkle was basically bullied by his wife. Rip Van Winkle sought to get away from his wife which lead to his excursion into the mountains.
The children follow Rip because they love him. He tells them stories, makes toys for them, plays games, shoots marbles, and teaches them to fly kites. Rip was fun..... just like a kid.
Common attitudes and tendencies of American Romantic Literature include: a. a distrust of civilization; b. nostalgia for the past; c. concern for the individual freedom; d. love for the beauty of the natural landscape; e. interest in the supernatural.