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Irving – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

23 Nov

American Literature I

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:

  1. What is Irving saying about gender in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”?
  2. The myth/history theme will be useful, as well. What is Irving saying about colonial America?
  3. 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?
  4. Let’s keep watching for examples of Romanticism, especially Gothic imagery. Intertextual links with “Thanatopsis” and “Rip Van Winkle” will add depth.
  5. Today we…

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