Dynamics Of Authority And Resistance: Analysing Authoritarianism, Anti-Authoritarianism, And Their Cyclic Patterns In ‘Rip Van Winkle’ By Washington Irving
1Dr. Shiney Sarah Lionel W
1Assistant Professor, Department of English, Nesamony Memory Christian College, Marthandam, Affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University Tirunelveli.
This research paper delves into the intricate interplay between authoritarianism and anti- authoritarianism in Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle.” Through an impartial lens, the narrative navigates the dominance of figures like Dame Van Winkle and the historical legacy of Hendrick Hudson’s crew, uncovering authoritarianism’s reach in familial, societal, and historical contexts. Simultaneously, it explores the emergence of anti-authoritarianism through Rip’s escapism and societal resistance, emphasizing the cyclical nature of these forces. Amidst the cycles, the narrative underscores the inevitability of authority’s influence, both shaping and challenging human dynamics. The paper underscores that our lives are perpetually shaped by authoritative facets, extending beyond politics.
Authoritarianism, Anti-Authoritarianism, Escapism, Majoritarianism, Cyclic Patterns, Resistance, Dynamics of power