The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

2024 Words Oct 12th, 2015 9 Pages
Introduction
Washington Irving, is the author of the tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” that was written in the nineteenth century (Baym 25). Irving was born in New York City on April 3rd, 1783 and was the last of eleven children. At home, Irving read a wide range of English literature and delighted in many other writers, including Shakespeare, Oliver Goldsmith, and Laurence Sterne. In 1830 Irving bought and began refurbishing a house along the Hudson River near Tarrytown (Baym 25). The beginning of Irving’s tale opens up with the description of the charming Hudson Valley region of Sleepy Hollow near Tarrytown. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” represents a popular tale in Irving’s book, The Sketch Book (Baym 25). It’s ghostly tale that talks about a mysterious Headless Horseman that is said to be a Hessian trooper who lost his head by a cannon ball during battle. It is said that every night the Headless Horseman roams the countryside in search of his head. There is an unlikely hero in this tale named Ichabod Crane, but to the people of Sleepy Hollow the real hero is Brom Bones.
Article Analysis
There is nothing like the tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with its interpretations and meanings that span far and wide. Couser Thomas had his own theory about this tale. This critical article focuses on the similarities between the literary interpretations of “The Ruined Garden of Wolfert Webber.” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” “The Ruined Garden of Wolfert Webber” was another…
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