Rip Van Winkle

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Rip Van Winkle, Jr. Character Analysis

The son of protagonist Rip Van Winkle and Dame Van Winkle. Rip Jr. is determined to grow up to be just like his father. The reader sees at the end of the story that he has succeeded in this (which also means that he has avoided succeeding in much of anything else).

Rip Van Winkle, Jr. Quotes in Rip Van Winkle

The Rip Van Winkle quotes below are all either spoken by Rip Van Winkle, Jr. or refer to Rip Van Winkle, Jr.. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Rip Van Winkle published in 1999.
“Rip Van Winkle” Quotes

His son Rip, an urchin begotten in his own likeness, promised to inherit the habits, with the old clothes of his father.

Related Characters: Diedrich Knickerbocker (speaker), Rip Van Winkle , Rip Van Winkle, Jr.
Page Number: 31
Explanation and Analysis:

In the early pages of his short story, Washington Irving depicts an ironical "lineage" for Rip Van Winkle and his family. Rip is a lazy guy, and his son is destined to be lazy too. While Irving could be said to criticize Rip and his kid for their habits, his tone is remarkably affectionate and easy-going--he seems to admire Rip for his slow pace and calm way of looking at life, in contrast to the increasingly frantic industriousness of the American ethos surrounding him.

There is, in short, a reassuring familiarity in Irving's description of Rip and his son. We know that Rip's kid will grow up to be just like his dad--that's the natural order of the universe. But as we'll soon see, the natural order of the universe will disappear in the turbulence of Rip's (sleeping) life and the events of the American Revolution.

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Rip Van Winkle, Jr. Character Timeline in Rip Van Winkle

The timeline below shows where the character Rip Van Winkle, Jr. appears in Rip Van Winkle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...on a small village at the foot of these mountains, where a good-natured man named Rip Van Winkle lives. Rip’s greatest trouble is his wife, Dame Van Winkle, who is shrewish and constantly... (full context)
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...War, that Derrick Van Bummel is now working in the American congress, and that he, Rip Van Winkle , has been missing for 20 years. His son is now grown, and a perfect... (full context)