Melissa gave us a clip of the Disney version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” today. See below for a few other film adaptations. How might you film this story if you were a Hollywood producer? What effects would you want to create, and which scenes might you emphasize?
Questions to consider:
- What is Irving saying about gender in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?
- The myth/history theme will be useful, as well. What is Irving saying about colonial America?
- What metaphorical dimensions do you see in this story? If myth is, as we said earlier, a building block of culture or a story to live by, what is Irving telling us about how we ought to live (or how we ought not to live), particularly as Americans?
- Let’s keep watching for examples of Romanticism, especially Gothic imagery. Intertextual links with “Thanatopsis” and “Rip Van Winkle” will add depth.
- Today we…
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