How is Ichabod Crane's character characterized in Washington Irvings short story 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' & in Tim Burtons 'Sleepy Hollow'?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In the short story, Crane is a school teacher.  He is lanky and kind of awkward in the way he carries himself.  He is an individual that does not necessarily strike one as intense, as he is quite content with eating at others' homes, and telling ghost stories.  When he fails to entice Katrina, he allows himself to become a victim to his own imagination of the stories of Brom Bones.  In Burton's film, Crane is an investigator.  He is striking in terms of appearance and is seen as a force that commands presence and strength.  In the film, Crane is shown to be a rationalist, someone that might be plagued by nightmares, but one who will counter them to solve the mystery of Sleepy Hollow.  These two conceptions are vastly different in how Crane is shown, and reflects the divergence in telling in Irving's story.

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