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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving
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The Headless Horseman terrorizes Sleepy Hollow because he died during the Revolutionary War. What kind of ghost might terrorize a modern Sleepy Hollow? Why?

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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was written by Washington Irving. It was first published in 1820 and tells the scary story of Sleepy Hollow. According to the story, the Headless Horseman haunts Sleepy Hollow. He is thought to be the ghost of a soldier who died during the Revolutionary War.

If this story were to be set in modern times, I would imagine that the ghost would be the ghost of a teenage girl who committed suicide after having been subjected to severe cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a very common problem in our modern days, particularly among teenagers. The internet allows people to follow others on social media, access their photos, and comment on them anonymously.

In a modern version of this story, the ghost might be that of a girl who had been a student at the local high school. She wasn’t very popular at school and she hardly had any friends. Fellow students started to post abusive messages on her Instagram and Facebook accounts. They would try to take pictures of her in order to ridicule the girl by posting them online.

When the girl fell in love with a boy at school, it turned out that the boy only slept with her because of a bet with his friends. Even worse, the boy had filmed everything and proceeded to post the video online. As a result of this, the girl couldn’t bear the emotional pain and humiliation any longer and hanged herself in the woods of Sleepy Hollow. However, ever since then, she has been haunting Sleepy Hollow as a ghost, wearing a rope around her neck, trying to remind and punish people for the way she had been treated.

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