What is the predominant theme of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"? Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

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One of the great works of American folklore, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a classic tale of the conflicts of City versus Country and brains vs. brawns.  Another predominant theme is that of Imagination.

City versus Country

With the new frontier of America, it was expected that the view of the city as corrupt and ugly against the beauty of the vast expanses of countryside would predominate.

Ichabod Crane, a native of Conneticut "tarried" in Sleepy Hollow in order to be a school teacher for the children.  With his narrow shoulders, long arms and legs and spindle neck on which a small head sits, Crane is in sharp contrast to the robust woodsmen of the area.  His rival for the love of Katrina Van Tassel is Brom...

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