Washington Irving is given credit for creating the modern short story by blending themes common in novels in shorter form. Both “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” demonstrate his use of gothic themes within a natural setting that lends itself to being read almost as a character. Compare the impact of the settings in the two stories (in other words, what role does nature play in the events of the stories?). Remember to make your answer at least 200 words.
“The Author’s Account of Himself” gives readers a view of Geoffrey Crayon, one of Irving’s favorite pseudonyms. How does this persona help Irving establish credibility as someone who knows the area about which he writes (or does it do the opposite)? Remember to make your answer at least 200 words.