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ngtbinhminh | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 28, 2007 at 5:12 AM via web

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Describe Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

For example, his physical characteristics, as many details as possible (ex: big ears. likes eating, etc.).

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 28, 2007 at 6:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Crane is described as tall and thin, awkward and clumsy, and with a voracious appetite. He has large feet, long arms, and is overall a comical figure to see.  Washington Irving describes Ichabod Crane in great detail, and perhaps re-reading the first portion of the book where he is described would help you find all the details.  In addition, you can check out the links below for more information.

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted November 28, 2007 at 8:42 AM (Answer #2)

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Irving's description of Crane as angular, awkward, and uncomfortable in his own skin echoes the man's sense of self:   "His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way the wind blew.. his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield."

If you consider these physical attributes as reflections of the soul, you have all you need to know about the character of Ichabod Crane.  His head was "small."  In the early 1800s,  a small head was indicitive of a small mind, one of the many beliefs in "phrenology," the pseudo-science of interpreting personality by examing the skull, as is the idea that his head was "flat." 

Crane's "glassy eyes" indicate, properly, that he is unable to "see' clearly, both literally and symbolically.  His "snipe"-like nose conveys cruelness.  His neck and clothing, reminiscient of a corpse, are much like the descriptions of the dreaded Headless Horseman.  Through his descriptive horrors, Irving conveys more than a ghost story:  he hints, rather strongly, at a psychological abberrance; which, in part, may be attributed to the torn allegiances between the new world and the old. 

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zoebrown | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 14, 2011 at 8:34 AM (Answer #3)

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Ichabod Crane is described as:

"A native of Connecticut"

"A pioneer for the mind"

"Tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock, perched upon his spindle neck, to tell which way the wind blew. To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and flutering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield."

From The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

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