The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

800 Words Apr 23rd, 2019 4 Pages
The narration in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow functions as a way to give authority to the women of Tarry Town. This power of feminine is elicit by Washington Irving who gives respect and superiority to women indirectly, but yet evidently through third person narration. Furthermore through Katrina he parallels the power of Tarry Town’s women by illustrating their agency to beget the downfall of Ichabod.
Irving draws out Katrina Van Tassel only in relation to the farm not to demean her, but rather to bring out her importance in the town to expose the dominance of women in Tarry Town. At the beginning of the story Knickerbockers sets the importance of women by stating that the town’s “name [is] given by the good housewives.” To emphasize this
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This foreshadows that Katrina will be the desire of the town because she is the “fertile nook” of the village where her wealth and power will be passed on to her kids. Katrina is shown as a symbol of wealth and fertility not to degrade women, but rather to bare the fact they are needed to sustain and conceive future generations of the town.
Katrina initiates to uphold her agency by gaining Ichabod’s affections through her flirtatious conduct which parallels with the women of town who are looked upon by Ichabod due to their storytelling skills. The narrator uses diction to initially elicit Katrina as a modern independent lady who
She [is] withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which [is] a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set her charms. She wore...short petticoat to display the prettiest foot and ankle in the country round. [Ichabod] passes long winter evening with the Old Dutch wives... and listen to their marvellous tales of ghosts...
In the first passage Katrina’s independence is illustrated through the use if vivid imagery language. For instance she is perceived negatively as a “coquette” who willingly displays herself to the men of the village. This brings out the power of woman in the town because she has freedom of clothing which is “of ancient and modern fashion.” Through this Irving inexplicitly states that Katrina is
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