Monday, October 24, 2011

Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow text by Washington Irving depicts a haunted  valley outside a market-town in upstate New York. The dominant spirit that haunts Sleepy Hollow is a "figure on horseback without a head", according to popular legend the head was shot off by a cannon ball during battle. Many tales about the hessian are told throughout the community regarding different encounters with this spirit. For example, Brom Bones' tale about the horseman proclaims that the "hessian [is] an arrant jockey" not taking the spirit seriously. Although the text creates the illusion of the headless horseman as being dangerous, he only harms Ichabod thereby diffusing some of his evil. In comparison, the movie of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow directed by Tim Burton portrays this dominant spirit as a heavily feared creature, a headless horseman. This horseman used to be an incredible warrior, until he was killed than his dead body resurrected to behead people. In the movie the hessian is unstoppable since he is already dead, creating a common lethal threat to the entire community. Ichabod is sent to Sleepy Hollow to solve the crimes of this lethal horseman, due to the  popular rising fear. In the end, the viewers learn this horseman was controlled by the evil step-mom to avenge her family by killing community members. I found that the movie had more action and drama, which led to me to like/enjoy it more.

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