The drink is a symbolic representation of the passive escapism that Rip Van Winkle (and other henpecked husbands) so desperately long for. It’s delicious irresistibility gestures to the seductive power of escape—and the drink does in fact provide escape from responsibilities, duties, toils, and from history itself.
Get the entire Rip Van Winkle LitChart as a printable PDF.
"My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." -Graham S.