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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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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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 Washington Irving's classic short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Brom Van Brunt, known locally as "Brom Bones" for his imposing physique and legendary strength, tells a story about the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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

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

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"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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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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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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The community of Sleepy Hollow, as portrayed in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is mired in superstition. Despite virtually everyone in this neck of the woods being a God-fearing Christian, some...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2020, 11:27 am (UTC)

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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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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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In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Ichabod Crane's hat is discovered near the bridge over the brook, next to the remains of a shattered pumpkin. The only thing Irving tells the reader about this...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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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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In Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Katrina Van Tassel is the coquettish love interest of the schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his arch-nemesis, Brom Bones. Katrina is both beautiful...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2021, 8:12 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The clearest conflict in the story is between Ichabod Crane and his love rival, Brom Bones. Each man are determined to make the eligible Dutch heiress Katrina Van Tassel his wife. But as only one...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2020, 11:17 am (UTC)

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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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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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There is seldom a single purpose in a work of fiction, and Washington Irving, certainly by the standards of his time, is not a didactic or moralizing writer with a rhetorical aim in mind. Clearly,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020, 11:54 am (UTC)

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Baltus Van Tassel, a happily married, prosperous Dutch farmer in the Hudson valley, is the father of Katrina, the object of Ichabod Crane’s affection (which is not unmoved by her father's status)....

Latest answer posted October 29, 2018, 6:09 am (UTC)

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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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The irony of the story is that there are no real superstitious elements. Both the townspeople and Ichabod Crane, however, enjoy reading or hearing about old legends and stories of the supernatural,...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019, 11:43 am (UTC)

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It should be noted that "Tarrytown" is not a made up name by Irving. Tarrytown is a village near the Hudson River and north of Manhattan, New York. Irving grew up in Manhattan, the son of Scottish...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2014, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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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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Washington Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a classic American folktale. Though originally published in 1820, its characters are familiar even today, for Ichabod Crane and Brom Van Brunt...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018, 11:40 am (UTC)

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Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod Crane are both anti-heroes who lack masculine virtues and heroic qualities. This absence of physical courage is the first thing we are told about Rip Van Winkle: He was...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 1:37 am (UTC)

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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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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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The frightening gothic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving climaxes with an exciting chase as Ichabod Crane attempts to flee from the terrifying Headless Horseman. However, it...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2021, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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The Headless Horseman represents the mistaken superstitions of the past. The Headless Horseman, according to the old wives' tales of the Hudson Valley, is a Hessian solider who was killed in the...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2020, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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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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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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"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is an American classic that many a reader has enjoyed. The setting of this tale suggests that rural beauty and comfort exist there; however, a...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017, 12:43 am (UTC)

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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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With his great brawn and "rough chivalry" that could carry matters to open warfare, Brom Bones represents the country man, the rough new American. His foil, Ichabod Crane, with his "spindle neck"...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2010, 11:32 am (UTC)

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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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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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Rather than a tragedy as one might expect from the title, the climax of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" contains a bit of irony or even humor. Prior to the climax, the author paints Ichabod as a less...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2016, 1:02 am (UTC)

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Gunpowder is Ichabod Crane's horse. The old steed has clearly seen better days. Iriving writes: He was gaunt and shagged, with a ewe neck and a head like a hammer; his rusty mane and tail were...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2007, 9:23 am (UTC)

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Episode 172 of the popular television show, Seinfeld (the number one show on NBC at the time) contains a joke in which an industrial smoothing company has accidentally made the head of a statue too...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019, 12:28 am (UTC)

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When you consider that the plot of the original "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is relatively short and somewhat simple, it is easy to see where Tim Burton embellished on this story to create a full...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2011, 11:54 pm (UTC)

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