The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Literary Analysis

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According to, literary elements are the parts of a literary text that make up the writing of a story. Today, there are many movies made by directors that portray a famous literary text from different time periods. These movies based on books are known for changing many things that would be found in the book due to time restraints or plot twist. Based off the books “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”, the writer will explain the differences and similarities to their movie perspectives using the literary devices of Plot, character, and setting. The first literary device analyzed is Plot. The plot is an important element in literature because it’s what shows the main events …show more content…
Character in the stories and movie mainly show how different people approach the conflict of the story. The first story analyzed is “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The main character in the book, Ichabod Crane, is a teacher that is very talented in singing who goes to Sleep Hollow to teach. his personality and description include that he is very cunning and tall but has a lot of greed and is easily persuaded to believe something( Irving, pg 19). In the movie, however, Ichabod Crane is an investigator and officer in 1799, New York City, who favors doing scientific investigations. The character seen is also very cunning but seems to always have a frantic expression and not all that charismatic(Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Pierre Gang,1999). Ichabod Crane goes to Sleepy Hollow after rumor of headless horsemen killing people in the town and goes to investigate the true matter of what was going on. Ichabod Crane from the movie has many big differences from what the book described him as. The reason the director decided to change the main character so much. Is that it made the plot more interesting.The writer agrees that the approach of an investigator who seemed to use lots of cool old types of technology to investigate what is supposedly a murdering, dead, headless, horsemen sounds a lot more appealing rather than a teacher who somewhat stumbles onto the problem at hand. In the short story “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and