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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Transcript of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Protagonist: Ichabod Crane
Antagonist: Brom Bones
Katrina Van Tassel: The town "beauty"
The Headless Horsemen: The town folklore
Brom Bones: The town "hunk" (man candy) By Washington Irving LITERARY CRITICISM . SETTING
PLACE: Sleepy Hollow
A neighbor to tarry town, new york in the catskill mountains, Sleepy Hollow is a small town
in a valley near the hudson river.
The whole town is compelled by ghost stories, which intrigues Ichabod, who moves there to become a teacher.
PAGES 948 and 949 Rising Action
Ichabod courts the town beauty, Katrina Van Tassel. He is invited to a party at the van tassel family farm. The rising action includes Ichabod preparing for the party and being at the party.
On his way home from
the gathering, Ichabod
THe headless horseman
chases Ichabod to a
bridge where the
horseman throws his
own head at Ichabod.
page 965-966 Falling Action
is made known to the
town, but doesn't concern
anyone. Ichabod's life and
disappearance just becomes
another ghost story.
page 967, last paragraph Romantic elements:
nature: The dense, dark forest
Death: The Headless horseman died in some nameless battle in the revolutionary war by some stray cannon.
Imagination:"All the stories of ghosts and
goblins came crowding upon his recollection."
Irving describes in detail what Ichabod Crane looks like. His last name suited his looks. . SETTING Irving lived in Tarry town,
New york, which had a nearby
church like the one depicted
in Sleepy Hollow.
Ironically, He was buried in
Hallow cemetary after his death
in 1859. He also had a Sweetheart,
named matilda, whom he met
through his boss (her father).
She died, however, before they
had the chance to marry. Katrina
is most likely used to represent
Matilda The narration is delivered from
a first person point of view.
However, we are never directly
told who the narrator is.
Because it is anonymous, the
narration lessens the opportunity
for biased or inaccurate recollections
of what happened in the story.
The narration allows us to see
the story from another perspective
because he/she provides their own
experiences with the events being
portayed. because the narrator delivers the story
in such great detail, we get the impression
that they are very educated in sleepy hollow's
Imagery is used to paint an accurate depiction of
the town and its inhabitants.
The use of detail is particularly noticeable in
the description Ichabod crane.
page 950 "sleepy Hallow" refers to the realm of Hypnos, The God of Sleep. Epigraph this gothic poem sets the tone for the whole story. (dark, and dense description) Allusions 1 Samuel
American Revolutionary War How it works in the
story: The story sets the mood for
not only the reader, but also
the townspeople. It sets a dark,
unknown feeling about sleepy
Hollow with the reader.
Irving intentionally uses words
with a gothic feel to cast this
feeling of mystery onto the
reader. Even the narrator is enchanted
by the mystery which is Sleepy Hollow:
"If ever I should wish for a retreat, whither I might steal from the world and its distractions, and dream quietly away the remnant of a troubled life, I know of none more promising that this little valley." How the setting is its own character: By Sleepy Hollow enchanting its citizens,
it practically becomes a living character
through them. The mystery and folklore
surrounding the town gives the setting
so much back story as if it were a living,
breathing character. "Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie. They are given to all kinds of marvellous beliefs; are subject to trances and visions; and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions; stars shoot and meteors glare oftener across the valley than in any other part of the country, and the nightmare, with her whole nine fold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols." THEME SELFISHNESS THE Story centers around many human characteristics, causing the story to be somewhat timeless. A reoccuring
characteristic is selfishness. There is selfishness between Ichabod, who wants Katrina, and (possibly even more Importantly) her wealth. Katrina is also selfsih in
her attempt to use ichabod to achieve her goal of a good relationship between herself and BROM. What does this say about humanity? the theme of selfishness bringing on selfishness is definitely applicable to all of human kind. It basically says that if one plans to do evil to get
their way, often times their goal is tainted with even more evil that they are unaware of, just as ichabod is not completely aware of Katrina's intentions of using him to strengthen her relationship with Brom.