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Ichabod Crane: The Man And The Movie

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Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a magnificent short story, with action, superstition, and a little humor all rolled into one. The story of the headless horseman has scared little children of Sleepy Hollow for many years. Then along came Hollywood and decided that Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” needed something more. Hollywood needed a more exciting main character in Ichabod Crane and story line to appeal to the twentieth century. Washington Irving had to write in a way that the reader could visualize Ichabod Crane and how utterly terrified he was of everything, whereas, Hollywood could use its own Jonny Depp to deliver a wonderful performance. ...view middle of the document...

The story of the headless horseman is a scary one especially when told by Brom Bones. The headless horseman would ride through the township looking for heads to cut off, but he never went past the covered bridge because his powers ended there. By the time he had finish with the story Ichabod was scared out of his wits and could only remember one part of the story “If I can but reach that bridge,” thought Ichabod, “I am safe.” (Irving 2338) The next morning there was no sign of Icabod Crane only his hat and the broken pieces of pumpkin on the ground. Grime ending for such a magnificent short story. On the other hand, the “Sleepy Hollow” movie story line based around the entire Van Garret issue making anyone an heir to the money a target for death. Jonny Depp portrays Ichabod Crane in a very different way. He is a constable sent from New York to investigate the series of murders in Sleepy Hollow. The movie Ichabd Crane prides himself on his knowledge of crime solving and his own instruments he invented himself. He is determined to find the person responsible for the three murders using his brain to recognize vital clues using up to date scientific techniques. (Burton Intro) Through out the movie Ichabod utilizes his scientific knowledge to follow the clues that lead him to the person holding the headless horseman severed head hostage. Finally, at the end Ichabod at last won over Katrina Van Tassel and moved to New York City away from the lurking shadow that lingered over Sleepy Hollow.
Traditionaly Ichabod is portrayed as a scared, boney structure of a man in the short story and the movie the appearance of Ichabod Crane is much different. In Washington Irving’s short story he describes Ichabod as tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was mall, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that looked like a weathercock perched upon his spindle neck, to tell which way the wind blew. (Irving 2323) Some would say Ichabod could be mistaken for a scarecrow eloped from a cornfield. He isn’t much to look at but he had a heart of gold, and is courteous at every meeting. On the contrary, the character in the movie is played by Jonny Depp, a much esteemed actor. He is very attractive, his eyes, nose, and mouth are positioned perfectly on his face. He is very sure of himself and has lots of self-confidence. He is a man of medium stature with dark flowing locks around his head. He has an appealing face that any girl (even the blooming lass of fresh eighteen,...

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