The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Research Paper

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“The dominant spirit that haunts this enchanted region is the apparition of a figure on horseback without a head” (Irving 1), is the quote that starts off the story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” In 1820, Washington Irving wrote the short story that is still a popular story today. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” follows Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher, and his troubles of trying to get the young Katrina Van Tassel to fall in love with him. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” demonstrates the tenets of Romanticism by showing that common man is the hero, individuality, and the interest of things out of the real of “normal”. In many romanticism stories the common man is most likely the hero. Ichabod Crane is an incredibly smart schoolteacher who enjoys teaching young ones. He may be harsh with them at times, but he wants…show more content…
In the town of Sleepy Hollow, most people are quiet and peaceful people. Brom Bones, the antagonist, is a loud man who is always causing trouble throughout the town (Irving 6). Brom and his gang are notorious throughout Sleepy Hollow. The other town folk are quite used to it though, but it makes Brom stand out more than others because he’s the only one in the story who runs around causing trouble. Ichabod also has some traits that make him stand out as well. Ichabod eats a ton. He’s always sneaking through his student’s lunch bags and making the best decision on whose mother makes the best food and then he goes after her. Another trait that makes him stand out is that he’s a huge scaredy cat. Everyone in Sleepy Hollow is used to the ghost stories and the spooky antics that take place in the town, but not Ichabod. He shouldn’t be that scared, he moved here knowing what kind of town this was and what things were popular there. This behavior makes is not normal for someone who lives in Sleepy Hollow, but the whole point of this story is to get out of the real of

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