Rip Van Winkle

Analyzation encompasses the application of given criteria to a literary work to
determine how efficiently that work employs the given criteria. In the
analyzation of short stories, the reader uses a brief imaginative narrative
unfolding a single incident and a chief character by means of plot, the details
so compressed and the whole treatment so organized, a single impression results.

To expose that impression, the reader explores the workings of seven basic
criteria. One particular criterion character effectively supports the central
idea in "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving. The character\'s type develops
with the personality development throughout the story. Three types of
characters: round, flat, and stock, appear in most stories. The round character
displays a fully developed personality and full emotions. Flat characters, also
known as supporting characters, do not develop fully or express complex
emotions. A stock character, also known as a stereotype, fits an established
characterization from real life or literature. With these three types of
characters leading the reader through the story, the reader learns the events
taking place as well as the changes in the characterís lives. The author keeps
the reader informed of the changes affecting the characters throughout the
narrative through style. When a character undergoes a fundamental change in
nature or personality during the story, the character has dynamic style.

However, a character without change defines a static character. Although all
characters have a style and type sometimes understanding the differences appears
complicated. A chart often helps establish a better understanding of character
type and style. The following chart represents the characters used by Washington

Irving in "Rip Van Winkle": Character Location Type Style Rip (Pro)

Paragraph threeLines seven and eight R S Dame Paragraph four R S Wolf Paragraph
nineLine one and two F S Derrick Van Bummel Paragraph ten Line seven R D

Nicholas Vedder Paragraph tenLines one, two, and three R D Rip Jr. (Son)

Paragraph seven R S Judith Gardenier Paragraph forty-sixLines six through eight

F S Dominic Van Shaick Paragraph eighteenLine nine S S Brom Dutcher Paragraph
thirty-seven S S Strange Figure Paragraph sixteenLine nine S S Commander

Paragraph eighteenLines nine and ten S S Rip (Antag) Paragraphs five and
eightLines one and twoLines one and four R S Hendrick Hudson Paragraph fifty-nineLine
nine S S Peter Vanderdonk Paragraph fifty-sixLines one and two S S Jonathon

Doolittle Paragraph thirty S S The author uses one main character, at most, two;
only the protagonist and the antagonist exist as major characters. "Rip Van

Winkle", Washington Irving uses one main character to play both the role of
the protagonist and the antagonist. In paragraph three lines, six and seven, the
reader meets the protagonist. "...a simple good-natured fellow of the name of

Rip Van Winkle" In paragraphs five and nine, lines one and two, and one and
four, respectively, the reader encounters the antagonist. "The great error in

Ripís composition was an insuperable aversion for all kinds of labor."

"...Rip would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound." Even though,
in both cases where the reader encounters Rip Van Winkle, Rip only counts as one
main character. Characterization occurs when the author draws an overall picture
of the characters. Characterization happens in two ways in literature, by
description and personality. The author uses the words a story to describe a
character or imply the appearance of the characters through the text of the
story. Introducing the personality of the character to the reader in words give
or describe the personality of the characters or the words used imply certain
things about the character. The protagonist in "Rip Van Winkle" the reader
first meets in paragraph three, lines seven and eight, "... a simple
good-natured fellow of the name of Rip Van Winkle." The reader assumes the
appearance of Rip from the preceding paragraphs in which the author sets the
general timeframe in the colonial era before and after the American

Revolutionary war. Musclat best describes Rip because of all of the physical
labor done in chores. Rip also had light hair with blue eyes. Ripís dress was
that of the day: black suits with fluffy white collars, tri-cornered hats, and
brass buckles on the black shoes. Good natured and helpful best describes

Ripís attitude, this good faith towards all that eventually lands Rip in
trouble. The antagonist in "Rip Van Winkle" the reader first encounters in
paragraph five, lines one and two. Also, the reader discovers additional
information in paragraph eight lines nine and ten. "...eat white bread or
brown, whichever can be got with least thought or trouble, and would rather
starve