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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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Transcript of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Background
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow belongs to a collection of short stories written by Washington Irving in 1820.
Summary
The story is about a lovesick schoolteacher who has an ambiguous encounter with a ghostly horseman.
Setting
The setting is the tiny town of Sleepy Hollow, located about two miles from Tarry Town, New York.
Sleepy Hollow
The line between myth and reality is blurry in Sleepy Hollow. The people hold many, superstitious beliefs.
"Whimsical"
Brom quickly recognizes what Ichabod is attempting. Hostilities between the two are described on pp 323-325.
The Party
Ichabod is invited to a party at the Van Tassel's. He feasts and dances well into the night.
The Horseman
The Headless Horseman is the principal ghost of Sleepy Hollow. He haunts the town and country-side.
Antagonist
The antagonist of the story is Brom Van Brunt, also known as "Brom Bones." He like-wise wants to marry Katrina.
Protagonist
The protagonist of the story is Ichabod Crane: a lanky school-teacher. He wants to marry the local beauty, Katrina Van Tassel.
Complication
Ichabod wants to marry Katrina, but Brom Bones stands in his way.
Katrina Van Tassel
Katrina is the only daughter of a wealthy land-owner. Whoever marries her in-herits her sizable fortune.
Exposition
The exposition takes place on pp 312-322. It introduces the setting and characters in detail.
Handout:
Sleepy Hollow Vocabulary
Contrast
Brom Bones is introduced on pp 322-323. How does he differ from Ichabod?
Competition
Ichabod knows he cannot openly compete with Brom Bones. So he tries to win Katrina over behind Brom's back.
Greed & Gluttony
The avoidance of greed and gluttony is an implied theme mentioned on pp 327; 329.
Persecution
Handout:
Sleepy Hollow Study Questions
Creative Writing
Now it's your turn to write a supernatural story. The story must be typed, and 1-2 pages in length.
Unrequited
As the party winds down, Ichabod tries conversing with Katrina. She rejects him.
Witching Hour
Defeated and depressed, Ichabod rides home in the gloom of night.
Climax
The climax of the story begins on p 334. While riding home, Ichabod is pursued by the Headless Horseman!
Resolution
Ichabod's fate is unknown. Some say he went on to a career in law; others claim he was taken by the horseman.
Horrible Missile
After an intense chase, the horse-man hurls his head at Ichabod. The schoolteacher is never seen again.
The Supernatural
Disbelief in the supernatural, or anything that goes beyond our scientific understanding of nature, is a main theme of the story.
Skepticism
Irving thinks that we should approach the supernatural with skepticism.
A skeptic is someone who questions or doubts things.
Ghost Stories
The dancing is succeeded by rounds of supernatural story-telling on pp 331-333.
Postscript
The postscript reveals that the legend is a secondhand story of an anonymous nar-rator who doesn't belief "one-half" of it himself.
Handout:
What Really Happened?
Greed, or avarice, is an excessive love of riches.
Gluttony is an excessive love for food or drink.
Point of View
The point of view is third person unlimited. We have insights into most of the characters' minds.
Conflict
Person vs. person is one type of conflict in the story. Another conflict is person vs. supernatural.
We're going
to begin reviewing for our test!
Biography
What happens next is the falling action of the story.
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