Sleepy Hollow - Headless Horsemen

Monster Metaphors

Summary of Plot

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a folktale about a man named Ichabod Crane a new resident in Sleepy Hollow. He is a schoolmaster at the only school in the town, but soon catches his eye on the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and only child of a substantial Dutch farmer. Hoping to steal the heart of the maiden and her fathers as well he noticed he wasn't the only one after Katrina. After a late attending a gathering at Baltus Van Tassel's home, he started home over the so called haunted bridge all the townsfolk steered away from, was the only way home. Before the bridge the ghost of a André a formal prisoner also known as the Headless Horseman come after Ichabod to take his head for himself. At the end of the night Ichabod was nowhere to be found only a smashed pumpkin was at the entrance of the bridge.

The Monster

Headless Horseman

"He appeared to be a horseman of a large dimensions, and mounted on a black horse of powerful frame. He made no offer of molestation or sociability, but kept aloof on one side of the road jogging along on the blind side of old Gunpowder... On mounting a rising ground, which brought the figure of his fellow-traveler in relief against the sky, gigantic height, muffled in the cloak, Ichabod was horror-struck on perceiving that he was headless!"


Ichabod Crane believed a tale of sleepy hollow, and when the headless Horseman is seen by him, it is done to prove to him that he doesn't belong in the country. He is weak, frightened and gullible.


Elizabeth L. Bradley from the Smithsonian website wrote an article about how the author wrote the tale because of a epidemic and how some people don't belong in the country side during tragic and fearful periods have occurred.

Works Cited

Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. 1819


Bradley, Elizabeth L. "About Contagion, Fear and Epidemic." Smithsonian Magizine. N.p., 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 19 May 2016.

Haleigh Mulroney

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