An Analysis Of Washington Irving's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

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Washington Irving was born in 1783 and died in 1859. He was the first American writer to receive an international literary reputation through his works, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” He was also known as one of the inventors of modern short story and was able to financially support himself as a writer. He usually wrote comical pieces, but produced works with darker themes based on historical context. As for the historical context of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” it was based on the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, between America and Great Britain. Some historical elements featured the Headless Horseman, which was supposedly a Hessian. The Hessians were hired to aid the British in the war. The supernatural stories served as a reminder of the war and told by those who were traumatized. In Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane is a schoolteacher who takes an interest in the wealthiest man’s daughter, Katrina…show more content…
Brom is the epitome of a stereotypical heroic figure. He is wealthy, masculine, and good-looking. He has the confidence of a leader. The townspeople look up to him since he has the leader-like features. He does not seem to be a bad person, but more of a harmless prankster. While Brom gets all the hype, Crane is the complete opposite of him. He is not rich; his job does not financially support himself, which leads him into resorting a living in his students’ homes. He is tall, lanky, and physically unattractive. His personality is not that great either. He just wants catch the attention of Katrina for the money. He takes in the pity from the females in the town. It may seem obvious that Brom would indeed win in the rivalry based on his traits. It sets an example of how a heroic figure ends up with the love of his life, while someone who is not as attractive or popular ends up losing in the battle. Moreover, having strong desires is the root of many
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