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Based on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” describe the character of Ichabod Crane. Based on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” describe the character of Ichabod Crane

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One of the famous characters of American folklore, Ichabod Crane is best remembered for his lanky appearance and his gullibility and fear as he believes he is chased by the headless horseman.  In Washington Irving's charming, humorous, and slightly terrifying tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Ichabod Crane arrives from Conneticut in Sleepy Hollow, the enchanted land and "place of nature." His featues befit his surname Crane:  He has a long neck and legs; his head is small and flat at the top; he has large ears, large glassy eyes, and a long nose.  His likeness to a scarecrow, too, is remarkable. Irving describes him,

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.

Crane is the schoolmaster, and a harsh one at that.  But, he

administered justice with discrimination rather than severity; taking the burthen off the backs of the weak, and laying it on those of the strong.

He always tells the boys that he whips that they will long remember it and thank him for the whipping later on. Yet, when school was finished, Ichabod Crane was the playmate of the larger boys.  But, he was known for accompanying the smaller boys home if they had pretty sisters or a mother who could cook.  To assist his salary, he would help the farmers to make hay, and he was not against letting the children play with him or hold a little one on his knee.

As the schoolmaster and singing instructor, Crane holds a respectable position in the community.  The ladies consider him erudite and he is certainly knowedgeable in the history of New England Witchcraft.  He...

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