1. Since the American Revolution is still fresh in the minds of those in Sleepy Hollow he tells the reader how who the Headless Horseman is said to be a ghost of a Hessian trooper who’s head was shot away by a cannonball.
2. In the beginning Irving links two important parts of the story to history the first in the Headless Horseman who was a Hessian trooper and served in the American Revolution which is the base of the supernatural feeling in Sleepy Hollow. Another one is that in the original tale the Horseman turned into a skeleton and threw the person off the bridge and vanished into the tress, when Ichabod was in that situation the horseman would have a pumpkin thrown at him and vanish at the bridge.
3. When the story begins we can all sense the small town feeling somewhat like Bayonne and as the story goes on we feel a spooky feelings with the scenery Irving gives to us.
4. The Van Tassels’ farm represents the wealth and the dream position that every American what’s to be in.
5. Ichabod’s goal is to one ask for Katrina’s hand in marriage and live in the Van Tassels farm. He also wants to move up in the world/ social status
“The Masque of Red Death” (pages 95-101) Edgar Allan Poe
• The last room is decorated in black and dark red, few go in that room
• The big black clock symbolizes death and the time that flies towards death.
• The castle stands for power over the peasants and those who can get in
• Red death is just death and the horrible way of how it kills people
2. The guest at the party where all happy and where prosperous in their own right. Most are nameless and don’t have a description.
3. The main lesson we can all learn from this story is that what comes around goes around, we can also add that death is inevitable.
“The Open Boat” (pages 215-240) Stephan Crane
1. In the beginning the observer is just a reporter and looks on at