The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

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“It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet." In Washington Irving “The Legend of sleepy Hollow,” setting, characterization, and Irony affect the protagonist in several ways. The night setting is important because it further emphasizes the superstitious theme. A somnolent, illusory effect appears to be dangling around the surrounding, and to spread through the air (Irving). This passage shows, for instance, some of the villagers believe that the town was bewitched by a German doctor. The villagers frequently hear voices, strange music and see strange sights. Not to mention the hessian trooper ghost that haunts the valleys. It is said that during the Revolutionary war his head was carried away by a cannon ball and that he rides on a haunt for his head. These superstitions tales of the town make the villagers afraid of the headless horseman. All things considered, most of the villagers were terrified of the many supernatural stories they heard and also terror stuck about the headless horseman. The time period in which the story took place is important because of the war. From the lifeless inactivity of the atmosphere, and the unusual persona of its residents who are ancestors

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