The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The short story I have chosen to read by Washington Irving is “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This story takes place in a little village on the Hudson River which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally known as Tarry Town. The main character in the story, Ichabod Crane, who “tarried” in Sleepy Hollow came about for the purpose of instructing the children of the vicinity. The …

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…was “Suddenly he heard a groan—his teeth chattered and his knees smote against the saddle.” Here Irving displays a mildly humorous tone to take our minds off of the Gothic element that are going to occur. These are the three characteristics of a folk-tale, and how Irving presents them throughout the book. By using these three characteristics Irving takes what would be just another Halloween story, and brings it to a whole other perspective.