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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Transcript of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
And the affects of Imagination
Ichabod's Imagination Concerning the Supernatural
The main character of Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow", Ichabod Crane, found enjoyment in tales of witches, demons, ghosts, and numerous other supernatural beings.
However, his imagination was so strong that these stories influence his perception of reality
He knew these mythological beings did not exist, yet his rampant imagination temporarily convinces him otherwise
Ichabod's imagination is so strong that he begins to imagine that the Van Tassel estate is already his
Because he is so influenced by his imagination he, does not realize that he must first gain the hand of Katrina Van Tassel
Ichabod envisions endless delicious food and a life of leisure too often to take Brom Bones seriously enough.
Ichabod does not prove to Katrina that he is deserving of her hand
Ichabod fools himself by imagining all the amazing luxuries he could have, thus never does anything to obtain them
Ichabod's Imagination Concerning Reality
Ichabod's Imagination Concering His Peers
The townfolk of Sleepy Hollow begin to discover Ichabod's wild imagination and fear of the supernatural
Katrina Van Tassel, an old fashion coquette, leads him on to believe she is interested in him
Brom Bones tells Ichabod the story of the headless horseman and scares him half to death
After warming him up with some spooky tales, Brom dresses as the headless horseman, attacks Ichabod, and chases him out of town
Ichabod's Imagination In General
Throughout the story, the reader can observe that Ichabod has a prominent imagination
Ichabod loses his grasp of reality
He cannot differentiate reality from his own imagination and this leads to his imminent down fall
Ichabod was living in a world that simply did not exist
If not for Ichabod's unmanageable imagination, he may have won the hand of Katrina Van Tassel and been a functioning member of Sleepy Hollow. However, because of his imagination, quite the opposite occurred
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Not only does Irving demonstrate the power of imagination amongst the characters of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow", but he inspires the imagination of the reader. Upon reading the story, one may question, "Who was the Headless Horseman?" "Was it really Brom Bones?" "Did Ichabod die?" All these questions are unanswered and left up to the reader. Thus, Irving fuels the mind to make personal interpretations and scenarios.
Irving's Use of Imagination
What Ichabod May Have Imagined