IJCH 2018 Vol.4(4): 133-135 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2018.4.4.136

Feudal Aristocracy’s Escape: A Marxist Approach to “Rip Van Winkle”

Liu Liu and Yu Sun
Abstract—“Rip Van Winkle”, published in 1819, is a short story by American writer Washington Irving. The story is set in New York’s Catskill. Main character of the short story is Rip Van Winkle, a Dutch-American villager living around the time of the American Revolutionary War. The relation between Rip Van Winkle and his cantankerous wife is quite unusual. This paper aims to analyze the short story from the perspective of Marxism, and the theory of economic determinism and symbolism will be applied in the analysis. From the Marxist perspective, some characters and plots all have their symbolic meanings related to class struggles. Through this Marxist analysis, a better understanding of Rip Van Winkle’s family relations and the social circumstances of that time can be reached.

Index Terms—“Rip Van Winkle”, Marxism, economic determinism, class conflict.

Liu Liu and Yu Sun are with School of Foreign Studies, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, PR China (e-mail: liuliuastrid@163.com, sunyu@nwpu.edu.cn).

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Cite: Liu Liu and Yu Sun, "Feudal Aristocracy’s Escape: A Marxist Approach to “Rip Van Winkle”," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 133-135, 2018.

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