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The Short Stories of Washington Irving - Chapter Summary
If you need to study the short stories of Washington Irving, you're in the right place. Follow along with our expert literature instructors to review the literary elements of ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' ''Rip Van Winkle,'' ''The Devil and Tom Walker'' and more. You can reach out to our instructors with any questions you may have, and each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you solidify your comprehension of Washington Irving's most famous short stories. The flexible online format of the chapter allows you to study whenever you have free time in your schedule. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Describe ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' characters and setting
- Summarize/analyze Washington Irving's ''Rip Van Winkle'' and ''The Devil and Tom Walker''
- Evaluate more Washington Irving short stories
1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Characters
This lesson will introduce the characters of Washington Irving's short story 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. While this story has been adapted in many forms, the original work is one of speculative fiction, where you the reader can draw conclusions about the nature of the story and its characters.
2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Setting
'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' is set during the post-Revolutionary War period, and is set in a quiet and idyllic town. In this lesson, we'll look closer at the various points of the setting that help paint this story's picture.
3. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis
Romantic literature, such as 'The Devil and Tom Walker,' often references the supernatural. In this lesson, we learn how Washington Irving uses an allegory with symbols to create a moral tale about greed while incorporating the supernatural theme.
4. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis
The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.
5. Bracebridge Hall by Washington Irving Summary
In this lesson, we will summarize 'Bracebridge Hall' by Washington Irving. This book is more of a collection of stories about people that happen to live in or visit the manor than it is a novel.
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