16 May 2014
In, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Ichabod Crane is not the most pleasant character. The narrator spends much of the time describing his physical features and his characteristic, but Crane is far from being the favorite in the story. He was much liked by the people in his town, but he showed his true colors towards the end of the story. Ichabod Crane had ridiculous features, greedy, and a coward.
Ichabod Crane was not the most pleasant looking fellow. He was a tall, slim, and awkward man. He was not the most flattering person, yet he loved spending a lot of his time with the ladies. The narrator brings up his bad features many times, “To see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield” (Irving). This shows that the narrator really wanted the reader to know that Crane was ugly.
Although Ichabod Crane was well liked by the people in Sleep Hollow for his hardworking skills, he was also very greedy. He was in love with Katrina Van Tassel, which was the daughter of a rich farmer. I think he was mostly in love with the status it would bring him if Katrina was by his side, “…he thought, how soon he’d turn his back upon the old school-house; snap his fingers in the face of Hans Van Ripper, and every other niggardly patron, and kick any itinerant pedagogue out of doors that should dare to call him comrade” (Irving). This goes to show that Crane was just waiting to be rich to be able to stand up to anybody that was mean to him. Without the power of being rich, Ichabod Crane was a push over, he would just smile and nod to everybody.
For a man that loved to tell scary stories in his spare time, Ichabod Crane was scared of almost everything! Crane was constantly reading scary stories, sharing...
Cited: Irving, Washington. "The Legend of Sleep Hollow." The Norton Anthology American Literature. Eighth ed. Vol. B. New York ; London: W. W. Norton, 2012. 41-61. Print.
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