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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Transcript of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
They were mostly from the "Hesse" region of Germany, hence the name Hessians.
They were soldiers hired by the British to fight for them
Many stayed and settled in America after they served in the Revolution
By: Eamay, Jack, and Charles
Literary Element 1
Investigator German Legends
The theme of this selection is the power of imagination, because Ichabod had a wide imagination, human selfishness because Ichabod was greedy for Katrina's riches, and the natural and the supernatural because of the Headless Horseman and the ghost stories.
What do you think witchcraft is?
What does the Sleepy Hollow have to do with witchcraft?
How does the Headless horseman show witchcraft?
What are your ideas about witchcraft?
Witchcraft- the practice of magic, esp. black magic; the use of spells and the invocation of spirits.
What are some other themes you think are in the story?
The Legend of The Sleepy Hollow
How were Hessians related to the story?
The Morbach Monster-Legend has it that Morbach was the last place a werewolf was killed. A single candle still burns in the village as a reminder, and a warning. One night in 1988, this candle went out and a huge wolf figure was soon spotted, standing upright, he stood, staring at the soldiers then returned to the forest. The candle was re-lit, and has never gone out since.
Rosstrappe: The Story of Princess Brunhilde-The Rosstrappe is a craggy hill in the Harz mountain range, in central Germany. Those who make it to the very top can see a hoof print in the rock on the cliff edge. Legend has it that this is where princess Brunhilde escaped from a giant, Bodo, who wanted to marry her. He chased her to the cliff edge, where her white stallion jumped across and reached the other side, while Bodo jumped after her and plunged to his death. The hoof print in the rock is from Brunhildes' stallion.
The plot of the story is about a schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane who moves into a town called Sleepy Hollow. He is tall and thin and is especially interested in ghost stories and witchcraft. He falls in love with a woman named Katrina Van Tassel. Ichabod is in competition with a man named Abraham Van Brunt, or Brom Bones for short. Brom sees that Ichabod is winning the affection of Katrina and has his henchmen play pranks on Ichabod and wreck his schoolhouse. Ichabod then attends the Van Tassel's party to try and win Katrina's affection. She chooses Brom Bones over Ichabod. Ichabod rides home dejectedly and fearful of the Headless Horseman. The Headless Horseman appears and begins chasing him. The chase ends when the Headless Horseman throws his head at Ichabod and the next morning he is nowhere to be found.
What did the Salem Witch trials have to do with the Sleepy Hollow?
Some aspects of the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow are based on fact are...
There were Hessians in the American Revolutionary war.
There might have been a battle where the Hessian dies.
A Hessian might have had a head taken off by a cannonball.
Literary Element 2
The publication of a legend might affect the story by the story being passed down for generations. Each generation might add a part or change a part because they remember certain parts.
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Main Idea: This selection is mainly about the power of imagination and the natural and supernatural
Relevant Details: Ichabod's wide imagination and fascination with ghost stories, his competition with Brom Bones, and his love for Katrina Van Tassel.
Schoolteacher Ichabod Crane moves into the small town of Sleepy Hollow. He is fascinated with witchcraft and ghost stories, and enjoys the local tale of the Headless Horseman.
Ichabod Crane falls in love with a Dutch woman named Katrina Van Tassel, but he is in competition with a stronger man named Brom Bones.
Both Brom and Ichabod attend the Van Tassel's party to try and win Katrina's heart. She chooses Brom over Ichabod. Then when Ichabod is riding home in the dark, the Headless Horseman appears.
The Headless Horseman pursues Ichabod to the bridge, when the Horseman takes his head off and throws it at Ichabod.
Setting: The story is set in the Dutch settlement of Tarrytown in the year 1790. It is autumn.
In summary, this story is about Ichabod Crane and his competition for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. He loses her to Brom Bones. As he is riding home to his house, the ghost of the Headless Horseman chases him and he disappears overnight
Ichabod Crane: A tall, thin schoolteacher that lives in the Dutch settlement of Tarrytown.
Brom Bones: A burly man who is in competition for the love of Katrina Van Tassel with Ichabod.
Katrina Van Tassel: The only child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel, Katrina is eighteen and is known for her riches and beauty.
Baltus Van Tassel: The father of Katrina Van Tassel. He is a farmer.
At the end, when Ichabod is searched for he is found nowhere. All that is found is a smashed pumpkin in he road over the bridge where Ichabod was riding.
Is the story belivable? Why?
Who or what do you think the Headless Horseman is?
What do you think happened to Ichabod?
What would you have done in Ichabod's situation?
Both want have Katrina's love and her riches
Skinny, but very literate and smart
Stronger and more popular, but has more brawn than brains
The Salem Witch trials
In the 1700's there was a incident called the Salem Witch Trials. It all stared by a slave that was blamed for mysterious girls twitching on the floor. She was then taken to court with two other suspects. She later admitted that she was a witch. She was confronted by a man in Boston and he told her to do her biding. By the end of all the trials 200 people where accused and 20 executed by either rocks falling on them or burning on a stake.
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