“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving is a short story based on the well-known legend of the Headless Horseman. In the book the disappearance of the main character Ichabod Crane, leaves the readers guessing what the truth is behind the ending. In the beginning of the movie there are similarities to the book until later in the movie there is a twist that leads the plot to another direction.
Washington Irving starts the short story by describing beautiful scenic images of a little valley surrounding Sleepy Hollow which is a place known to be the quietest in the world. Ichabod Crane is introduced as a man known for his strict ways in teaching as a local schoolhouse teacher. Ichabod has an interest for “pretty sisters” as well as ghost stories that were popular around town. A famous ghost story known around town was of the legendary Headless Horseman. The tale was of a soldier who had his head shot off with a cannon ball and now roams Sleepy Hollow on his horse in search for his head which is replaced by a pumpkin that had a fiery glow.
In this short story, Ichabod finds an interest in one of his female students named Katrina Van Tassel, who is the daughter of a wealthy and prosperous landowner, Heer Van Tassel. Katrina’s beauty along with her family’s wealth and crops becomes irresistible for Ichabod who falls in love and plans to marry Katrina so that one day Ichabod may own some of the family’s wealth. Unfortunately, a handsome man named Brom Van Brunt who was also in love with Katrina stands in Ichabod’s way. Brom Van Brunt, known for his pranks and trouble making, was called Brom Bones and rides his hose DareDevil. Brom was jealous at Ichabod’s attempts to marry Katrina. One night after a dance, Ichabod gathers around a circle of elderly people telling ghost stories and Brom happens to be in the circle and shares the story of the Headless Horseman which catches Ichabod’s attention. Later that night Ichabod rides home through the dark woods...
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