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Describe Ichabod Crane's personality in detail in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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a-lovely | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM via web

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Describe Ichabod Crane's personality in detail in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 26, 2008 at 12:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Ichabod Crane is a tall skinny school teacher. He is conscientious and while he loves the children he teaches, he can be very stern when it comes to their studies. He loves storytelling and often times allows his imagination to run wildly away from him. He is a daydreamer to the point of severe distraction. He loves women and he especially loves women who cook good food. Next to storytelling, food is his greatest passion. He is not a very strong man either physically or mentally and is easily goaded by Brom Bones throughout the story. He is much more sensitive and more feminine than the very masculine and burly Brom who wins the heart of Katrina, which in truth Ichabod only wanted her for her family's lush estate in the first place. This shows his selfishness and concern only for his own well being.

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2008 at 3:57 AM (Answer #2)

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Lets note as well that Ichabod is an unfair teacher in many ways.  He played favorites with the students and often overlooked the wrong doings of smaller, skinnier children.  Here is the explanation from Irving:

He administered justice with discrimination rather than severity; taking the burden off the backs of the weak, and laying it on those of the strong. Your mere puny stripling, that winced at the least flourish of the rod, was passed by with indulgence; but the claims of justice were satisfied by inflicting a double portion on some little tough wrong-headed, broad-skirted Dutch urchin, who sulked and swelled and grew dogged and sullen beneath the birch.

It would seem that Ichabod is favoring students who look more like him and punishing those that look more like his rival, Brom Bones. 

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