The Legend of Sleepy Hollow PDF
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a fiction genre short story of speculative by American writer Washington Irving. It was first published in 1820 along with his another book called “Rip Van Winkle”. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the earliest examples of fiction books that endured popularity, during the Halloween season in U.S.A.
The story presents time of 1790’s countryside around Dutch settlements known as Sleepy Hollow. The town is infamous for its haunting atmosphere and ghosts, its residents believed that an old Red Indian chief who was wizard of a tribe used to live here before invasion by Master Hendrick Hudson. The most infamous horror of the town is attributed to the headless ghost of Hessian trooper, he lost his head in battle of American revolution, after a cannonball hit him.
Overview of Novel
According to the tale Ichabod Crane who is an outsider and a Yankee with lean body .He is a schoolmaster from Connecticut, who battle with Abraham for the hand for 18 years old Katrina Van Tassel. Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt is town’s rowdy. Katrina is only child of a wealthy farmer named Baltus Van Tassel. The main reason for the interest of two lovers is the wealth of Katrina and her father.
Ichabod eventually fails to secure Katrina’s hand for wedding. With broken heart he takes the route through haunted jungle. There he loses his life at the hands of ghost of a British spy named Major André’s.
Eventually next morning the town’s people learn about the missing teacher and since then rumors about sightings his melancholy spirit started circulating the town.
Washington Irving was an American author, biographer, historian, essayist, and diplomat of the 19th century. He is well famous for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. His historical works include biographies of Muhammad, George Washington and Oliver Goldsmith and several writings on history of 15th-century Spain regarding the Moors, Christopher Columbus, and the Alhambra. Between 1842 and 1846 he also served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain .