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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

At the end of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the author gives several possible explanations for what happened to...

We know from the text that Ichabod Crane was superstitious: not only do ghost stories frighten him, but after his disappearance, the local residents find in his home a "History of Witchcraft,” and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2017 10:30 am UTC

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Describe Ichabod Crane from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Crane is an oddball city man who is described as being "useful and agreeable" with a "gentlemanlike personage, of vastly superior taste" in comparison to the male inhabitants of Sleepy Hollow....

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 9:51 pm UTC

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," how does the description of the setting in paragraph seven contribute to the theme...

Throughout "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Washington Irving's tone is that of the urbane, well-traveled sophisticate describing simple people in a rural backwater. He is critical of their attitudes...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 12:57 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

The setting of Sleepy Hollow, New York, is significant because one of the story's major themes is the conflict between "country" people and "city" people. The original settlers of the Tarry Town...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2014 6:49 pm UTC

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In paragraph 8 of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the narrator uses the phrase "worthy wight" to describe Crane. What...

When the narrator refers to Ichabod Crane as a "worthy wight," the tone is undoubtedly mocking and ironic, for a few reasons. Firstly, the use of the term wight is meant to evoke a sense of the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020 1:13 pm UTC

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What are some literary devices in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a delightful story because of the comic ability and clever satire of its author, Washington Irving. The names of the characters in this...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2009 11:59 am UTC

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What are two things Brom does to get back at Icabod for trying to steal his girl?

Brom and Ichabod both want to marry the lovely and wealthy Katrina. Brom realizes they are rivals and itches to fight it out openly with Ichabod, the winner taking Katrina. Ichabod, skinny and...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 12:19 pm UTC

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In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, how is the description of setting in paragraph 7 important to the development of the...

America's first home-grown ghost story, Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," published in 1819, is set in a part of the United States and in a time in its history that never seem to...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2020 4:19 pm UTC

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What is the conflict in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" takes place at a time when the United States had only recently achieved its independence. Washington Irving's stories often describe a setting that exists half in the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2020 7:27 pm UTC

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What is humorous and ironic within the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving?

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" has several points and components that give the story a great deal of humor and irony. For one, Ichabod Crane is not at all a typical romantic hero. He is awkward,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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What are some examples of Romanticism in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

In general, I would not regard Irving as one of the most representative Romantic writers. The elements of Romanticism in his stories are present but are at times more incidental than central to his...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019 4:58 am UTC

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What happens to Ichabod Crane after he leaves the Van Tassels' party in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

After Ichabod Crane departs from the Van Tassels' party, he encounters the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a galloping Hessian horseman whose head was blown off by a cannon-ball in the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2016 9:05 am UTC

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In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, how is Ichabod different from Katrina's other suitors?

Katrina really only has one other suitor -- he is "Brom Bones," the nickname for Abraham Van Brunt. Other men might have liked to court Katrina, but they gave up because Brom was courting her and...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2010 4:30 am UTC

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In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, what is Ichabod Crane's job?

Ichabod Crane has two jobs. His main profession is that of schoolmaster in the Sleepy Hollow schoolhouse. He is a strict teacher who is not afraid to use a birch on the unruly if he deems it...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 6:02 am UTC

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," what are two things Brom Bones does to get back at Ichabod for trying to steal...

Brom Bones plays pranks on Ichabod Crane, but he also resorts to using Ichabod Crane's impressionable and superstitious nature against him. At the end of the story, we learn that Brom Bones marries...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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What are the physical characteristics of Brom Bones from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

Brom Bones is a strong, hearty, broad-shouldered man with curly black hair, a man of Herculean frame and great powers of limb. He is friendly, sociable, and an expert horseman. He often acts as a...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018 8:28 pm UTC

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What are the similes, hyperbole, and personification used in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

Simile: The narrator characterizes all the small Dutch settlements scattered throughout the Hudson Valley as "like those little nooks of still water which border a rapid stream." The low hum of the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 9:40 pm UTC

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Why does the headless horsemen chase Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" ?

The headless horseman appears as a specter who haunts the scene where Major André was killed and he chases Ichabod Crane. In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the headless horseman confronts Ichabod...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018 11:59 pm UTC

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What two things make it difficult for Ichabod go fulfill his goal of marrying Katrina in The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow?

One of the most formidable elements that makes it difficult for Ichabod to marry Katrina would be Brom Bones. Crane's most significant challenge in courting Katrina represents everything that...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2013 11:32 pm UTC

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What is the resolution of the conflicts in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?  

The primary conflict in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is that between Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones over Katrina Van Tassel, whom they're both determined to marry. This conflict will only be...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2020 11:18 am UTC

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What would happen to Ichabod when he would walk home at night after spending the afternoon reading?

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is set in a small, isolated valley renowned for its legends of ghosts and haunted places. Chief among these spectral apparitions is a "figure on...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018 2:00 am UTC

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What is the mood and resolution of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a trickster tale, and the mood is tongue-in-cheek and humorous as the story unfolds of the red-blooded, down-to-earth, practical Bram Bones besting the effete,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018 6:27 pm UTC

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", how is Brom Bones' horse, Daredevil, similar to him in its apperance and...

The narrator makes explicit the similarity in temperament of Brom Bones and his horse by describing Daredevil as "a creature, like himself, full of mettle and mischief." Irving stops short of...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2018 1:05 pm UTC

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Why do the women in the countryside think Ichabod is an important person? How do the young girls respond to him?

We learn from the narrator that the women in any rural village generally think of the schoolmaster as an important person. A school teacher is considered to be a gentleman because of his...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 5:50 pm UTC

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," how did Ichabod Crane treat his students?

Ichabod's behavior with his students is best described in this paragraph: he administered justice with discrimination rather than severity; taking the burden off the backs of the weak, and laying...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010 7:04 am UTC

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When Ichabod arrives at the Van Tassels’ party in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” what is his mood?

Ichabod Crane is in a very good mood when he arrives at the Van Tassels' party. And why wouldn't he be? He's expecting to have his fill of the finest food available for miles around. He knows that...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2020 10:57 am UTC

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How does Ichabod Crane’s “capacious” appetite make him an easy target for Brom Bones’ tricks?

Capacious is an adjective that means capable of containing a lot. Crane has a capacious appetite for a couple of things. First of all, he loves food. Many of his thoughts revolve around food...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 8:04 pm UTC

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What satire can be found in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Washington Irving satirizes or makes fun of the effete, European-style intellectualism of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane. Crane lives in the folktales and legends of...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 2:45 pm UTC

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What does the author’s choice to tell the story through the voice of such a familiar and chatty narrator contribute...

The urbane and civilized narrator of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" gives a sense of ironic distance to the narrative. The story is one of simple country people, of a very different type from the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 11:18 am UTC

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What mood is Icabod in when he leaves Katrina's house and give the evidence of that mood ? What does the author think...

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving tells the story of a schoolmaster named Ichabod Crane who takes up a new post in the secluded valley of Sleepy Hollow, a place known for its...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 2:33 am UTC

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What is the physical description of the Headless Horseman in Irving's short story?

In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" the Headless Horseman is described as the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head blown off by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. The Hessians were...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2016 8:34 pm UTC

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What evidence is there that the "headless horseman" is a trick played on Ichabod to scare him from "The Legend of...

In Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Ichabod Crane, the New England interloper and village schoolmaster, vies with local man, Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt for the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019 1:03 pm UTC

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How does The Legend of Sleepy Hollow portray supernatural elements?  

One of the most interesting things about The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the way that the lines between the supernatural and the realistic are continually blurred; in fact, the ambiguity created by...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 1:25 am UTC

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

"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...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 1:44 pm UTC

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In the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, what answer did Katrina give Ichabod the night of the party?

In “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving, the party at Van Tassel’s mansion serves as a turning point. Ichabod Crane is a schoolteacher in love with Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 3:06 pm UTC

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What are some words to describe Ichabod Crane?

You could use words that describe what Ichabod actually does for a living. Teacher Educator Singing master You could also use words that describe what he looks like. The text indicates that...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015 9:48 pm UTC

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What are the two things Katrina Van Tassel is most known for and what does she wear to show these qualities?

According to the narrator, Katrina Van Tassel is known for her beauty. She is eighteen with a voluptuous figure and "rosy" complexion. Katrina is the only child of a very successful farmer with...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018 10:02 pm UTC

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What is the characterisation of Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? What is the...

Authors achieve characterization through many techniques. Some among them include: direct characterization, in which the narrator describes the character's personality physical characterization,...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2017 12:42 pm UTC

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," what story does Brom Bones tell about his encounter with the Headless Horseman?

While at the Van Tassel party, Ichabod came across a group of men swapping stories. Brom Bones was among them, and he had his own tale to tell about an encounter he had with the Headless Horseman....

Latest answer posted November 25, 2015 7:27 am UTC

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In 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', what is funny about the horse Ichabod rides to the Van Tassel's party as he starts...

Ichabod’s horse, Gunpowder, is described as a broken-down plough horse, that had outlived almost everything but his viciousness. He was gaunt and shagged, with a ewe neck and a hammer head; his...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2013 8:16 pm UTC

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What is the author's purpose in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

In the absence of a writer's explicit statement about the purpose of a particular work, we must infer the writer's intentions from what we know about his or her life, travels, interests, and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 1:57 am UTC

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when Ichabod sees something huge and black by the brook,why doesn't  he turn and run away? what two things does he do...

Ichabod knows that his horse, Gunpowder, is no match for a demon horse:"What was to be done? To turn and fly was now too late; and besides, what chance was there of escaping ghost or goblin,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2007 10:51 am UTC

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What is Ichabod Crane’s job? What other job did he do to earn a little more money?

Ichabod Crane is the schoolmaster for the children in the vicinity of Sleepy Hollow. Sometimes he is referred to as a "pedagogue," which is just a fancy way of saying "teacher." He presides over...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2016 3:23 pm UTC

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What are significant symbols in Irving’s "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? Why are these symbols important to Irving’s...

The clothing that Katrina Van Tassel wears is meant to be symbolic. She catches the eye of both Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane. Katrina becomes an object of desire for both men, not only for her...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 1:16 pm UTC

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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is Ichabod Crane a hero or anti-hero, and in what terms?

Ichabod Crane is an anti-hero. This term sometimes confuses readers, since it sounds as though it means the opposite of a hero, which is to say a villain—or at any rate, someone who opposes the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 10:55 am UTC

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What is Ichabod Crane's job in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?

Ichabod Crane is a schoolteacher in the town of Sleepy Hollow. Here is the quote stating this:Ichabod Crane, who sojourned, or, as he expressed it, "tarried," in Sleepy Hollow, for the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2008 11:42 pm UTC

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Who is the main character of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?"

The main character in Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is Ichabod Crane. Despite the fact that the story is about him, Crane is not a character that readers will enjoy...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018 12:57 pm UTC

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What are two similes in the story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

The narrator of this text describes the legend of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow and the awareness of the legend that everyone who lives there, even temporarily, seems to breathe in with...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2018 7:34 pm UTC

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In Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," about what subject does Ichabod like to read?

Washington Irving’s 1820 short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” takes place in Tarry Town, New York State, in a an area believed to be haunted, most prominently by a headless horseman said to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 3:12 am UTC

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What are five superstitions that appear in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow to fill a position as a school teacher. Crane has no real appreciation for the descendants of the Dutch settlers who become...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2014 6:21 pm UTC

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