In the story The Californian's Tale there is one main theme that leads to others. This main theme is evident it is love. Henry has a great love for his wife. His love was a never-ending feeling for her. "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love." Henry probably had such a hard time with his wife's death that he blocked it out of his mind and started to believe that she really was still there, and that she still loved him. The quote above describes why Henry had so much love for his deceased wife; it was because her death put so much pain and weight on his life. Henry was a gold miner. He came out to California to find happiness in wealth. Henrys wife loved him so much that she came out to California with him, and made an old nasty cottage a home. She was probably happy without the gold. The reason she was happy was because she was in love with Henry. She was a nineteen-year old newlywed woman who was in love. Being a nineteen-year old she missed her family. So when the newlyweds were settled in their cabin she went to visit her family. She was ambushed by a group of Indians on the way and was killed. Henry soon found out that there is only one happiness in life, and that is to love and to be loved. This goes for the Lord also. Until you find the Love of the Lord you have an emptiness in your life that your try to fill with other materialistic items such as money.
In Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Rip's character is closely correlated with the theme of nature and its prominence over the ever-changing world. The story is set in the Kaatskill Mountains, an important setting with a luminance that does not falter throughout. Similarly, Rip is immediately described as a respectable and well liked man in his mountainous setting. Right off the bat, the two can be easily associated. The magical elements in the story cause Rip to fall asleep for twenty years, and upon waking, he is in a world completely changed by...
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