The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a gothic story by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was first published in 1820.
Sleepy Hollow is a small, very quiet town said to be under some kind of enchantment. Read the Study Guide for The Legend of Sleepy Hollo. ssays for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow literature essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Sleepy Hollow: Remnants of Times Not So Far Past. A Romantic View of Sleepy Hollow.
On one level, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow reveals Irving’s love for and use of folklore. As he had in Rip Van Winkle, Irving employed the fictional folklorist Diedrich Knickerbocker as an external narrator looking back on old tales. Ichabod Crane is an outsider, a Yankee schoolmaster among the canny Dutch farmers. As such, Crane becomes the butt of local humor and the natural victim for Brom Bones’s practical jokes.
Washington Irving was a fiction writer, biographer, historian, essayist, and US ambassador who worked during the first half of the 19th century. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, along with Rip Van Winkle, are the short stories for which Irving is best known. Irving was born in New York and was named after General George Washington (who hadn’t yet been elected President at the time of Irving’s birth, as the Constitution had not been either written or ratified by 1783). Irving studied law before becoming interested in historical writing and short fiction. Climax: Ichabod is chased by the Headless Horseman through Sleepy Hollow, before being thrown off his horse at the haunted bridge to the church. Antagonist: The Headless Horseman, and Brom Bones (who may even be the same character). Point of View: There are various layers of narration to the story.
The actual "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is only 24 pages long. The tale itself is very interesting and the descriptions are so delightful to read. Those are 24 pages very easy to enjoy and as I read the story I kept running images of the Disney cartoon version of sleepy hollow in my mind. However, the font is a little small for my taste. This book has 13 different tales written by Washington Irving. After hearing a discussion of Washington Irving's classic on the Diane Rehm Show earlier this week, I decided to re-read it in honor of Halloween. After all, it is relatively short and wouldn't require a commitment of an excessive amount of time, so it was something I could easily accomplish before the spooks and goblins descended on Halloween night.
Student Activities for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Include: Create a Storyboard. Sometimes changes are made or exaggerated to make the tale more exciting to those who hear it, or to teach a lesson. In this story, Washington Irving relates the start of a new legend, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Essential Questions for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Additional Activity Ideas for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".