Theme Of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

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“The legend of Sleepy Hollow” is the short speculative fiction of Washington Irving. It was published in 1820, which is one of earliest examples of American fiction. “Sleepy Hollow” is a 1999 supernatural horror film directed by Tim Burton and is the film adaptation of this novel. After reading the novel and watching film, it’s easy to find that there are many differences between film and novel like the plots, characters, and themes. This paper aims to discover the difference of theme and reasons for differences. The theme of the novel named “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is the contrast between progress and tradition. However, believing science and rejecting superstition is the theme of movie.

This paper discusses the differences of themes
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He is representative of main culture of America. Ichabod is greedy and freeloading. Ringe said, “Even should he gain what he most desires, he would not be content with it” (462). He bums meals off students’ parents and is eager to marry Katrina so that he can inherit the possession of her father. All he considers is how to get more and more money. That is the irony to the atmosphere of seeking quick success and instant benefits in American society influenced by industrialization. The people in the village are surefooted and diligent. Like Baltus Van Tassel, “Old Baltus Van Tassel was a perfect picture of a thriving, contended, literal-hearted farmer. He seldom, it is true, sent either his eyes or his thoughts beyond the boundaries of his own farm; but within everything was snug, happy and well-conditioned. He was satisfied with his wealth, but not proud of it” (Irving, 10). His image forms the big contrast with Ichabod. It is the comparison between surefooted people influenced by the traditional culture and the greedy people influenced by revolution. But in the film, Ichabod is a policeman that believes in science because his mother died because of witchcraft. So he is determined to support science and apply science to the process of investigation. He doesn’t believe the legend of the headless horseman and rejects the old and superstitious idea. This character reflects pursuit of science and reality which is the theme of this
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