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The Legend Of Sleepy Hallow Literary Analysis

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Ursula Le Guin once wrote, “Civilized Man says: I am Self, I am Master, all the rest is other – outside, below, underneath, subservient. I own, I use, I explore, I exploit, I control. What I do is what matters. What I want is what matter is for. I am that I am, and the rest is women & wilderness, to be used as I see fit” (161-4). Le Guin creates a surreal tone that can be found in the works of many early American authors, such as: Irving, Hawthorne, and Poe. The attitudes displayed by the characters, in their most famous works, portray how their selfish, egocentric, and greedy behaviors superseded the needs of others and caused them grief in the end. In the story of “The Legend of Sleepy Hallow” written by Washington Irving, we read about a schoolmaster by the name of Ichabod Crane. Usually, a schoolmaster is depicted as humble and self-sacrificing; however, Ichabod spent his time drifting from neighbor to neighbor for his shelter and food. “From his half itinerant life, also, he was a kind of travelling gazette, carrying the whole budget of local gossip from house to house; so that his appearance was always greeted with satisfaction” (Irving, 11). Always worried about his needs and desires, while never concerning himself with the troubles of others. Ichabod also found delight in the pleasure of others’ fear and agony that he showed by his love for reading and listening to stories of “ghosts and goblins, and haunted fields, and haunted brooks, and haunted bridges, and
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