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by Washington Irving

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

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Authors achieve characterization through many techniques. Some among them include:

  • direct characterization, in which the narrator describes the character's personality
  • physical characterization, such as the character's look and manner
  • interactions with other characters
  • name symbolism

In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Irving uses name symbolism for Ichabod Crane.  The name Ichabod means "inglorious" in Hebrew, and a crane is a long-legged and long-necked bird.  Both apply to the character, as Ichabod Crane is described as "tall, but 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." He also leaves Sleepy Hollow ignominiously.

Crane is described comically as having a voracious appetite: "he was a huge feeder, and, though lank, had the dilating powers of an anaconda."  He is characterized as greedy, and once he realizes the wealth and bounty of...

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