The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Pdf is a gothic fiction written by American author Washington Irving and published in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent, a collection of 34 essays and short stories.
It was first published in 1819, while Irving was living in Birmingham, England.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, along with Irving’s companion piece Rip Van Winkle, is one of the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, particularly during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman, who is thought to be a Hessian soldier who was dismembered in battle by a cannonball.
Short Story Plot
The story takes place in the countryside outside Tarry Town (actual Tarrytown, New York) in 1790, in an isolated glen known as Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow is known for its ghosts and the eerie aura that infects the residents’ and visitors’ imaginations.
Some people believe the town was charmed during the early days of the Dutch colonisation, while others believe the enigmatic atmosphere was created by an old Native American chief, the “wizard of his tribe… before the country was found by Master Hendrik Hudson.”
Strange sights, music, and voices “in the air” plague them, and they have trance-like visuals.
Because of the strange incidents and unsettling ambiance, the residents of Sleepy Hollow are attracted with “local folklore, haunted sites, and twilight superstitions.”
The Headless Horseman is the most infamous phantom in the Hollow and the “commander-in-chief of all the powers of the air.”
He’s said to be the restless ghost of a Hessian warrior whose head was blown off by a stray cannonball during “some unnamed Revolutionary War engagement,” and would “ride forth to the scene of combat in nightly quest of his head.”
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Greed is a key element in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Katrina, for instance, enjoys the attention she receives as men fight for her. She appears to have little regard for any of them, save for their outward demonstrations of love and devotion.
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|Genre(s)||Children’s Book Gothic horror|
|Pdf File Size||730 Kb|