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by Washington Irving

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," are characters making decisions based not on abstract principles, but rather on the economic system in which they live?

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In Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ," the author demonstrates that often one's environment dictates his or her principles. So, one could argue that the characters' decisions are founded upon abstract principles which result from the setting's economic environment. When Ichabod Crane first sees Katrina Van Tassel, he is drawn to her beauty, but he is even more drawn to Katrina's father's property. The narrator...

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