History Literature / TheLegendOfSleepyHollow

31st Mar '17 11:10:36 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** It doesn't help that for most readers the Headless Horseman is [[RuleofCool just too cool of a villain]] to be only a hoax. He's become one of the most famous horror icons. Come on, a cackling headless horseman who prowls the roads looking for heads? How is that not awesome?
** In some ways this suffers loss from people forgetting how it was originally published. Had you have read the entire Sketchbook you'd find this story is the third story to feature supernatural antics. Rip Van Winkle has the ghosts seem completly real and even swears to the tale. The Spectre Bridegroom is believed to be supernatural by most of the characters even though the reader knows the whole thing is a ScarecrowSolution. By the time you get to this tale, the idea that everything is not wrapped up is clearly done on purpose by Irving. Also debunking some claims the supernatural was never in Irving's attempts, but considering people have little memory of the sketchbook nor that Sleepy Hollow and Rip are connected and let alone there was a third one in there might not even be common among some English teachers lecturing on the subject,

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** It doesn't help that for most readers the Headless Horseman is [[RuleofCool [[RuleOfCool just too cool of a villain]] to be only a hoax. He's become one of the most famous horror icons. Come on, a cackling headless horseman who prowls the roads looking for heads? How is that not awesome?
** In some ways this suffers loss from people forgetting how it was originally published. Had you have read the entire Sketchbook you'd find this story is the third story to feature supernatural antics. Rip Van Winkle has the ghosts seem completly completely real and even swears to the tale. The Spectre Bridegroom is believed to be supernatural by most of the characters even though the reader knows the whole thing is a ScarecrowSolution. By the time you get to this tale, the idea that everything is not wrapped up is clearly done on purpose by Irving. Also debunking some claims the supernatural was never in Irving's attempts, but considering people have little memory of the sketchbook nor that Sleepy Hollow and Rip are connected and let alone there was a third one in there might not even be common among some English teachers lecturing on the subject,
31st Mar '17 7:43:59 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Ichabod, the intellectual schoolmaster, is portrayed as weak-willed, venal and effeminate, while Brom Bones, the barrel-chested stallion-breaker, is portrayed as honorable, or at least more honorable than Ichabod. On the other hand, Ichabod is a deeply superstitious man, in contrast to the rational Bones, so in a sense, Brom is actually the smarter of the two.

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* BrainsEvilBrawnGood: Ichabod, the intellectual schoolmaster, is portrayed as weak-willed, venal and effeminate, effeminate; while Brom Bones, the barrel-chested stallion-breaker, is portrayed as honorable, or at least more honorable than Ichabod. On the other hand, Ichabod is a deeply superstitious man, in contrast to the rational Bones, so in a sense, Brom is actually the smarter of the two.
9th Feb '17 5:10:41 PM bravo104
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: If Ichabod did survive, he went on to a successful career as a judge; it appears he's stopped trying to scrounge money off others and earned his fortune all by himself.
27th Jan '17 12:59:08 AM Xtifr
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''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' (also known informally and somewhat incorrectly as "The HeadlessHorseman") is a short story by American author Washington Irving, first published in February 1820 as part of a series of stories later collected as ''The Sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'' As with a number of Irving's stories, the plot is based on German legend (particularly in the re-told versions of Karl Musäus), transplanted to a New York state setting, and mingled with Irving's genial satire of human, and particularly American, foibles.

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''The "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' Hollow" (also known informally and somewhat incorrectly as "The HeadlessHorseman") Headless Horseman") is a short story by American author Washington Irving, first published in February 1820 as part of a series of stories later collected as ''The Sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.'' As with a number of Irving's stories, the plot is based on German legend (particularly in the re-told versions of Karl Musäus), transplanted to a New York state setting, and mingled with Irving's genial satire of human, and particularly American, foibles.
24th Jan '17 11:35:22 PM PaulA
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* In 1949 the story was paired with a pared-down version of Kenneth Grahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''[[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad]]''; the story is narrated (with interspersed songs) by BingCrosby. It's actually surprisingly faithful to the original story (far more so than the very loose ''Wind in the Willows'' adaptation) -- Brom Bones gets his PetTheDog moments, Ichabod's fate is left still ambiguous, and the implication that the Horseman is fake is retained. The animation of the chase scene is particularly impressive, and influenced several later Disney films, notably ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.

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* In 1949 the story was paired with a pared-down version of Kenneth Grahame's ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''[[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad]]''; ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad''; the story is narrated (with interspersed songs) by BingCrosby.Music/BingCrosby. It's actually surprisingly faithful to the original story (far more so than the very loose ''Wind in the Willows'' adaptation) -- Brom Bones gets his PetTheDog moments, Ichabod's fate is left still ambiguous, and the implication that the Horseman is fake is retained. The animation of the chase scene is particularly impressive, and influenced several later Disney films, notably ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
1st Nov '16 10:29:27 AM Prinzenick
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* ScoobyDooHoax: Likely the TropeMaker.

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* ScoobyDooHoax: Likely the TropeMaker.TropeMaker, depending on whether you interpret the Horseman as real or not.
1st Nov '16 10:20:30 AM Prinzenick
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* FlatCharacter: The Headless Horseman is frightening, but it isn't really given any characterization. Justified, as its appearance may or may not have been a ruse cooked up by Brom Bones to scare off Ichabod. The closest personality trait assigned to it is as being an "arrant jockey" when Brom tells his story of racing the horseman, but this encounter may or may not just be a story he made up.

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* FlatCharacter: The Headless Horseman is frightening, but it isn't really given any characterization.characterization beyond "Scary Headless ghost who chases Ichabod on horseback". Justified, as its appearance may or may not have been a ruse cooked up by Brom Bones to scare off Ichabod. The closest personality trait assigned to it is as being an "arrant jockey" when Brom tells his story of racing the horseman, but this encounter may or may not just be a story he made up. Ironically, this ends up adding to the mystique and terror behind the character.
1st Nov '16 8:34:50 AM Prinzenick
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* OffWithHisHead: He's given some backstory; he's believed to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper that had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War, and who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head".

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* OffWithHisHead: He's The Headless Horseman is given some backstory; he's believed to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper that had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during "some nameless battle" of the American Revolutionary War, and who "rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head".
1st Nov '16 8:34:09 AM Prinzenick
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Brom Bones tells a story of how he raced the Headless Horseman one night for a bowl of punch and ''won''. He claims that he didn't even anticipate that he would win and that it was simply luck that the Horseman couldn't cross the covered bridge.


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* SatelliteLoveInterest: Katrina isnt given much characterization other than being the love interest of both Ichabod and Brom.
1st Nov '16 8:27:18 AM Prinzenick
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* TakeItToTheBridge: Crossing the covered bridge is seemingly the only way to escape the Headless Horseman, but it turns out to not be the case.
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