Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow vs. The 1980's Television Movie

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When we compare Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the 1980 television movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Meg Foster, Dick Butkus, and Jeff Goldblum, we find that while there are several similarities between the two, there are also some key differences. When we look at various characters as well as the storyline, we see those similarities and differences. Washington Irving’s depiction of Katrina Van Tassel is that she was “a little of a coquette” and liked to mix older and modern fashions—“she wore the…stomacher of the older time; and withal a provokingly short petticoat, to display the prettiest foot and ankle” (Irving 325)—because they accentuated her best features. Add in her beauty—“a blooming lass…show more content…
After he expresses his sorrow again, her reply is, “Indeed you were, sir” (6:56-7:09). She also made sure that when she was leaving, after Ichabod learned who she is, that her father (who hired him) could fire him just as fast (7:21-7:25). An example of her coquettishness is when she ponders the possibility for a girl to have two suitors; and she is called selfish and greedy by another character because “the person that already has the best man in the county wrapped around her finger like a wedding ring shouldn’t be making google eyes at other men” (46:16-46:33); this goes to show a similarity to the written story. During the course of the movie, however, she becomes increasingly interested in Ichabod; she tells another character that she wants a “gentle man, an educated man, a quiet man” (48:12-48:19). She is in love with Ichabod, which is a contrast to the movie. The ending of their story in the movie is also not the same as the written story; we assume they live happily ever after. Moving from Katrina to her biggest suitor (in every sense of the word), we find that Irving’s representation of Abraham “Brom” Van Brunt, otherwise known as Brom Bones, can be summed up in Irving’s own words. His physical appearance, “his Herculean frame and great powers of limb” (Irving 327), caused Brom to be the object of “awe, admiration, and good will” by the people of Sleepy Hollow (Irving 328). Brom was generally considered a mixture of entertainment

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