The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Essay

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In the following essay, von Frank explores the various aspects of the evil in Ichabod Crane's personality and actions that necessitates Ichabod's eventual expulsion from the community.

Washington Irving's reputation as a genial writer— as, indeed, America's most genial writer—has been firmly established for a century and a half, despite general agreement that his most enduring works are satires. Knickerbocker's History maintains its good humor largely by making its narrator appear foolish, but it is harder to say what keeps "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" from seemingly overtly caustic, since in the portrait of Ichabod Crane Irving comes rather closer than in the History to adopting the controlling assumption of Augustan satire that the ridiculous and the evil are one. If Irving's genial reputation largely obscures the evil that Ichabod represents, it must also obscure the mythical structure of the story and, consequently, its formal...

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