Meaning & Moral Of Rip Van Winkle

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Instructor: Abby Federico

Abby has taught elementary special education and has her master's degree in this area.

This lesson will teach you about the meaning and moral of the story 'Rip Van Winkle' by Washington Irving. Keep reading to get a quick review on the moral of a story and then learn about the moral of 'Rip Van Winkle!'

What Is the Moral of a Story?

Have you ever read a story and felt like you learned a lesson about life just by reading it? If so, then you have experienced the moral of a story! The moral of a story is a lesson that you learn or an important message that the author wants you to know. Sometimes the author tells the reader what the moral is, and sometimes the readers have to figure it out for themselves.

Rip Van Winkle's Meaning and Moral

The story ''Rip Van Winkle,'' written by Washington Irving, could mean many things to different people. One person might read it and think about a certain lesson, while another person reads it and comes up with a totally different meaning and lesson! But one moral most readers find in ''Rip Van Winkle'' is that time goes on and things keep changing, whether a person is there or not. In the story, Rip takes a 20-year nap, but time does not stop. The world keeps changing around him. Even though Rip is not aware of all of the changes going on, they still happen.

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