What are elements of Dark Romanticism in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?  

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"Dark Romanticism" is a subset of the Romantic movement that concentrates on the ghostly, the uncanny, the superstitious, and the supernatural, as well as on the grotesque. It is most often associated with Edgar Allan Poe.

Aspects of Dark Romanticism in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" center around Ichabod Crane. He is a grotesque and superstitious figure fascinated with stories of witches, ghosts, and the supernatural.

The tall, thin, big-footed, and small-headed Crane, likened to a scarecrow or a "genius of famine," has a grotesque appearance:

exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long 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.

His personality is also grotesque. He beats the...

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