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the-legend-of-the-sleepy-hollow-washington-irvingUnreliability of StoriesThe original storyteller disbelieves half of the Headless Horseman story, leaving the reader to determine what is true. SupernaturalGhosts, witches, haunted places—all are prominent in the tales told by the people of Sleepy Hollow. Natures BountyFrom the lush countryside to the rich farmlands, nature is idealized.Ichabod CraneAwkward, gullible schoolmasterBaltus Van TasselWealthy, indulgent farmerBrom BonesAthletic, popular native sonROMANTICINTERESTROMANTICINTERESTRIVALSFATHERKatrina Van TasselFlirtatious, spoiled belleMain CharactersMusicRepresents the misplaced pride of Ichabod Crane and the idyllic rural setting of Sleepy Hollow BooksRepresent learning but not intelligence, as Ichabod Crane blindly accepts a book about witchcraft SymbolsNarratorhe whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions. The Legend of Sleepy Hollowby the NumbersSiblings Irving had—all older than he 10Year residents of North Tarrytown, New York, voted to rename their village Sleepy Hollow 1996Year Tim Burtons film adaptation, Sleepy Hollow, was released1999The “first American man of letters,” Irving established credibility for American literature when his stories received praise abroad as well as at home—especially The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In the tale Irving combines comedy and horror to gently mock modern American values while examining the act of storytelling.WASHINGTON IRVING17831859AuthorNarrated by Diedrich Knickerbocker, a fictional historian, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is set in the dreamy Hudson River Valley in the 1790s. The area is supposedly haunted by a ghostly Headless Horseman killed in the American Revolution. The awkward schoolmaster Ichabod Crane has a real-life encounter with the local legend—or does he?Night FrightTHEMESSources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, The Language and Genius of Irving” edited by R.L. Clark, C.J. Nourse, and John R. Williams, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.The Legend ofSleepy HollowShort StoryEnglishOriginal Language181920Years PublishedWashington IrvingAuthorHorror

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