The Legend Of The Sleepy Hollow By Washington Irving

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Society has always judged women by certain norms and standards, yet it seems as if men do not have that pressure from society to act in a certain manner. However, in in his short story “The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow” Washington Irving argues otherwise, illustrating the main character, Ichabod, as being invasive and often inclined to put himself in uncomfortable situations. These characteristics alienate him from the norms of society and lead him to be perceived differently from the other male characters, mainly because he does not fulfil the typical gender roles. Through artistic imagery, sarcasm and diction Irving depicts how Ichabod’s lack of masculinity ultimately leads to his inability to beat Brom, the ideal male character, and win the heart of the girl he loves. Washington Irving is often discussed concerning gender issues and the use of imagination in his artistic writing to make his point. Ichabod’s actions are such in that they grab the reader’s attention. What is usually expected from a man at that time is to be masculine, and to be associated with the company of other men. Ichabod, however, is shown to be drawn to the women in town. Irving discusses femininity in a negative way as Plummer states, “…the "feminine" in Ichabod is his unmanly, superstitious, trembling, and gullible side--he himself seems, in this tale, begrudgingly to acquiesce to the female sphere of Sleepy Hollow.” (Plummer, Nelson: 175) Eventually this is what makes him stand out to the
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