Superstitions In Ichabod Crane's The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

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When writing, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” I fashioned the character, Ichabod Crane, to tell my version of the famous legend of the “headless horseman.” Making Ichabod a school teacher in pursuit of the affection of a beautiful woman, gave a realistic perspective to one of my favorite legends of Sleepy Hollow, New York. I also wanted to reiterate that folklore has its place and that we mustn’t be overcome with superstition as does Ichabod. Their purpose is solely for amusement and occasionally impart wisdom. I wanted to write about how incorrectly distinguishing fact from fiction. Superstitions are of no excuse as to how one should act, but to rather be driven my ethical standards. It is a forlorn future to those who put their trust in fallacy, as I portrayed Ichabod’s, “Ichabod endeavored to dodge the horrible missile, but too late. It encountered his cranium with a tremendous crash” (The Sketchbook 209). I do plan on traveling more in Europe.
W. Irving
January 30th,
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London has given me a title and honor for which I am grateful for, but this cleanliness of this town is entirely unkept. Garbage and debris are scattered far more than the footpaths of New York City. Much apologies for my negativity, there is a repulsive mist that lingers in London. On to more sanguine news, my legation position in London gave me the pleasure of working with the minister of England, Louis McLane. He is a bright fellow, who is not as superfluous as I would have presumed. We stuck a liking to each other quickly, and in two years formed a trading agreement with America. Strange to negotiate terms with my own people, but I would like to see this offer of vocation allotted to me in New York City. It saddened me when McLane left London for America, but I remained in my position as American Legation until Martin Burden was appointed to replace as minister for McLane. Relieved of any obligations to London, I returned to New York

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