Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Essay

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What does Hollywood have to do to turn a short story into a box office hit? The director Tim Burton found that if he built on the short story by Washington Irving called, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," he would have a box office thriller. Tim Burton used the story as his foundation; however, he quickly found that many aspects would need to be changed in order to make a two hour movie. The movie version carries over many of the same characters; however, the plot and ending are quite different. Even though many of the same characters are used in both versions their roles in the story were changed when the movie was made. The movie takes a much more detailed look at the identity of the ...view middle of the document...

When he isn’t teaching Ichabod can be found around town helping with the farm duties, or listening to the ladies gossip about everyone in town. In the movie “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Ichabod is shown as more of an outcast that is not welcomed with open arms. One of the most glaring differences between the movie and the story is Ichabod Crane’s profession.
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A similar dynamic in both versions is the relationship between Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel. In the movie “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Katrina Van Tassel, the only child of a wealthy farmer, catches Ichabod Crane’s eye right away. Katrina is an attractive young lady that enjoys the attention she gets from others, she dresses and flirts in a way that makes people notice her. Irving explains “She was a blooming lass of fresh eighteen; plump as a partridge; ripe and melting and rosy cheeked as one of her father’s peaches” (paragraph 21). The interest that Ichabod shows Katrina receives attention from another main character that is nicknamed, Brom Bones. He can be rowdy and boisterous but his kindness has made him popular in Sleepy Hollow. Brom Bones does not like Ichabod being around Katrina and a feud quickly develops between...

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