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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irvings The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an archetypal childrens ghost story Irvings text paints a rich explanatory tale It is an entertaining story with deep descriptions if a narrow plot The story may hold some metaphoric implications or be entirely fanciful The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is about a peaceful New England town and the legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman After pursuing her Ichabod is rejected by the daughter of one of Tarry Towns well-to-do farmers Distraught he runs from the town into the night Crane finds himself in the forest where he finds himself confronted by the Headless Horseman A chase ensues Ichabod is gone No one in the town knows what happened to them many speculate Some believe that he simply kept running others say that he was killed by the horseman the old country wives maintain that he was spirited away Before the story is a poem by Knickerbocker A pleasing land of drowsy head it was Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye And of gay castles in the clouds that pass Forever flushing round a summer sky Castle of Indolence Such describes the state of the town and the premise of the story Greensburgh or Tarry Town is a quaint village it is a pleasant dull town The poem speaks of a pleasing land of drowsy head and a place forever flushing round a summers sky This indicates that Tarry Town lives in an unstable state of monotony though superficially pleasant the town is stagnant It sleeps in the shadow of an indifferent light a Castle of Indolence After some more descriptions of the town a nearby valley of uniform tranquility a Sleepy Hollow is introduced Such accentuates the aforementioned characteristics A defined singular concept like that of the town is easy to compensate hence the legend of the Headless Horseman and
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