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The Changing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Changing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow         "Once upon a time" is the predictable beginning of a fairy tale and "happily ever after" is the ending. "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving is a classical myth that defies the conventional standards of a fairy tale. Set in a valley in New England, It's a gothic tale of mystery and suspense that bears no definite ending surrounding the myth of the "Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow" (Heath 1355). The original text created by Irving was intended for the mature reader, a reader who could understand a sense of irony, had knowledge of history, and taste....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Gender Issues in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  At first glance, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving seems to be an innocent tale about a superstitious New England town threatened by a strange new comer, Icabod Crane. However, this descriptive narrative is more than just a simple tale because it addresses several gender issues that deserve attention. The pervasiveness of female influence in Sleepy Hollow and the conflict between male and female storytelling in this Dutch community are two pertinent gender issues that complicate Irving's work and ultimately enable the women of Sleepy Hollow to control the men and maintain order....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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Favoritism in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Favoritism in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" he has two main characters, Ichabod Crane and Bram Bones. These two heroic characters both desire the same woman, Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a substantial Dutch farmer. Apart from the fact that they both yearn for the same woman these two men are completely different creatures. In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", Washington Irving does not hide the fact that he clearly favors Ichabod Crane over Brom Bones....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow] 453 words
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Insatiable Desires in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Insatiable Desires in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Contemporary United States natives are known for their consumptive attitudes, which mainly stem from the constant American hustle and bustle for more money, bigger houses, and faster cars. Americans are known for yearning, needing, sometimes even demanding whatever their vast appetites desire. This American concept of prosperity can be found rooted in a popular classic American story written over one hundred and fifty years ago by Washington Irving....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Abandoning the Puritan Past in Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Abandoning the Puritan Past in Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow One of the first literary movements in America was that of the Puritans. Their writing was intended to instruct on the glories of God and to instigate a reader's reflection on his or her place in God's universe. Nature, in Puritan writing, was a frightening entity. God created nature so that the Puritans (and others less worthy) could scratch out a living in this world, but nature was also where spirits, witches, and demons dwelt, waiting to tempt and afflict the righteous....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Moral of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Moral of Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow In Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the conflict between Enlightenment and Romantic ideals is narrativized. Irving’s story is an exploration of the conflict between these two schools of thought. Irving uses his setting, his characters, and his “moral” (or lack thereof) to critique the Enlightenment. At first reading, “Sleepy Hollow” may seem no more than a dreamy folk tale. But when read in the context of the emerging resistance to Enlightenment thinking, it reveals itself to be a striking denunciation of the ideals of the Enlightenment....   [tags: Irving Legend sleepy Hollow Essays] 1856 words
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Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Contemporary Rural America Captured in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Most Americans probably believe our times are different from Washington Irving’s era. After all, almost 200 years have passed, and the differences in technology and civil liberties alone are huge. However, these dissimilarities seem merely surface ones. When reading “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I find that the world Irving creates in each story is very familiar to the one in which I grew up....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Search for America in Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow        In the early to mid-1800's, Washington Irving was an immensely popular writer heralded as one of the 'great' American writers.  Irving's importance lies especially in "Rip Van Winkle" and " The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the sketches in which he creates the vision of the alternate America(n).  His critique of American society through his main characters-Rip and Ichabod-and the towns in which they live gives shape to an America not usually acknowledged by his contemporaries, and thus crucial to American literary studies today.  J....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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The Romantic American Male in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Masculinity of the Romantic American Male in Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans and Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow are valuable examples of literary heavyweights of the Romantic era, but in addition, can also be used to chart sociological changes within the male gender during pre-Romantic and Romantic years. But because neither Cooper nor Irving’s works should be distanced from their cultural backdrops when considering the socially reflective nature of their work, exploring basic historical conditions surrounding the changing concepts of masculinity can serve as a useful move....   [tags: Legend of Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Romanticism's Sublime Style in Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Billy Budd - Romanticism's Sublime Style in Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Billy Budd       "Sublime refers to an aesthetic value in which the primary factor is the presence or suggestion of transcendent vastness or greatness, as of power, heroism, extent in space or time"(Internet Encyclopedia).  This essay will explore different levels of Romanticism's sublime style in Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. The essay will particularly focus on how the writers incorporate the spiritual and the terror aspects of the sublime into their work....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow Essays]
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Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow - Comparing Tim Burton’s "Sleepy Hollow" with Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” In examining Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” alongside Tim Burton’s film adaption of the story, titled “Sleepy Hollow,” a number of fascinating similarities and differences emerge. Though elements of the characters and settings of Burton’s film borrow heavily from Irving’s text, the overall structuring of the film is significantly different, and representations of various elements are crucially re-imagined....   [tags: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
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Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Rather than attempt to dissect the works of a more obscure writer I've decided to go with America's first well known and widely respected author, Washington Irving. Washington's story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is well known among my peers, but I can accurately assume far less have bothered to read it. I am sure most are familiar with the many movies and cartoon knockoffs the Headless Horseman has spawned. They shall not fret however, as I will explore this literary classic for thy dear lackadaisical MTV generation....   [tags: Irving Sleepy Hollow Analysis] 1374 words
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Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - ... “Ichabod…knew two emotions, and two only. His were fear, and ambition” (Hoffman). He is extremely cowardly in many aspects and the ambition comes from his overwhelming and extravagant greed. Ichabod is easily scared by fictitious superstitions and by other people. In the nights when Ichabod is by himself, singing is the only solace from his fear of the dark night and the supernatural horrors from the legends of Sleepy Hollow. The fabled tales of witches, ghosts, goblins, and especially the headless horseman petrify Ichabod....   [tags: becoming a hero, Washington Irving] 1724 words
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'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' Film Comparison - The title of this movie is called The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow; it was published in 1949 and produced by Walt Disney. The narrating voice was Bing Crosby and the directors were Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney. The genre was a family/horror animation; the rating for this movie would be ⅘, it had you laughing and some of the scenes surprised you. It was comical when the lady who didn't have a dancing partner danced with Brom Bones. It was also surprising because even though Ichabod’s face wasn’t that glamorous, he still proved to the viewers that he can be the ladies man....   [tags: Disney version vs Washington Irving]
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Comparing Sleepy Hollow and The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow - Comparing Sleepy Hollow and The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow Over time, a change has occurred from the typical horror story to a violent and bloody legend. The original short story " The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow" is an example of a simple, yet mysterious fable in which Ichabod Crane acts as the protagonist. Ichabod becomes the victim of the feared headless horseman after believing the superstitious tales of this spirit preying in the night. The film that is supposedly based upon the tale provides a deceiving, yet compelling title of Sleepy Hollow, as one might assume that the film is a reenactment of the short story....   [tags: Papers Compare Contrast Essays Papers] 981 words
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American Gothic in Sleepy Hollow, Ligeia and They Got a Hell of a Band - American Gothic in Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Poe's Ligeia and Stephen King's You Know They Got a Hell of a Band       America is haunted, by headless horsemen and bloody battles, by addiction and a self gratifying obsession with immortality. America has a long-standing tradition with the gothic, and some of our most widely recognized authors, such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King, a more recent author borrowed from popular literature, utilize it frequently if not wholly in their writing....   [tags: Legend Sleepy Hollow]
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The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The short story I have chosen to read by Washington Irving is 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.'; This story takes place in a little village on the Hudson River which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally known as Tarry Town. The main character in the story, Ichabod Crane, who 'tarried'; in Sleepy Hollow came about for the purpose of instructing the children of the vicinity. The main point of the story began with the arrival of a Negro with an invitation to Ichabod to attend a party at the Van Tassel's mansion....   [tags: essays research papers] 1067 words
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The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane was a school master in a small town called Sleepy Hollow. He was greatly amazed by the tale of a ghost called ' The headless Horseman';. It was a ghost that roamed the small valley of Sleepy Hollow. Then one dark night Ichabod was chased through the woods by the Headless Horse Man. He mysteriously disappeared. Long ago there was a town called Greenburgh or some called it Tarry Town. Not far from that village lied a valley called Sleepy Hollow. A quiet place it was....   [tags: essays research papers] 803 words
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Negative Effects of Superstitions in “Legend of The Sleepy Hollow” - Superstitious stories are harmful to our everyday lives because the spread ominous myths that were told by families and friends that causes us to think differently in fear. Superstitions can affect us terribly in many ways because they can make us frightened of what we want to commit on what activities we would want to do in our everyday lives. If you’re gullible, you’ll likely encounter terrifying supernatural beings that can possibly ruin your life because you can be affected by paranoia where you start to hear strange terrifying noises that would keep you in fear for rest of your life....   [tags: supernatural, spirit, trick] 600 words
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Eva Luna and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - ... “It had a single vertebral column; and class Omphalosian, one umbilicus for two bodies. The great curiosity was that one head was white by race, and the other black” (Allende 103). Not only did Allende tell us this story because she wanted to entertain us, but because it would make the story more memorable. Storytellers do this to separate their work for the work of others. The comedy that storytellers use is to make their work more meaningful and exciting for its listeners. Another technique storytellers use to make their stories more exciting is the use of drama....   [tags: storytelling, Isabel Allende, Washington Irving] 757 words
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The Novel and Film of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - The Novel and Film of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, originally a book written by Washington Irving, is exactly what the title implies, a legend. This legend includes a town that is haunted by a headless horseman and a single man's journey. Many years later, this legend was produced as a movie directed by Tim Burton. Burton stole the title of this legend and added thrill to this now classic storyline. The book and the movie ultimately have to be somewhat similar, because they share a common title, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow....   [tags: Papers Compare Contrast Irving Burton Essays] 747 words
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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”: Washington Irving's Story vs. Tim Burton's Movie - “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a short story written by Washington Irving. It tells the story of a school teacher who is enamored by the daughter of a wealthy landowner. His daughter named Katrina has two suitors, the school teacher, Ichabod Crane and the more attractive and popular townsperson named Brom. Not only is there a written story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, but in 1999 director Tim Burton created a movie “Sleepy Hollow” loosely based off of the well-known story. The names of the characters and the site of the town are consistent with the story but that is where the similarities between the movie and the story end....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 862 words
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Folk Tale Characteristics in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Folk Tale Characteristics in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the most well-known stories in American literature, and with good reason. Throughout his story, Washington Irving uses many stylistic ideas to create a fantastically detailed and descriptive romantic folk tale. Irving begins The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with a vivid description of the setting of his story. Beginning with the Dutch history of the area, he goes on to describe the town as "one of the quietest places in the whole world", with a tranquil brook running through it and the sweet sounds of chirping birds all around (1)....   [tags: Washington Irving]
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Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow vs. The 1980's Television Movie - When we compare Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to the 1980 television movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Meg Foster, Dick Butkus, and Jeff Goldblum, we find that while there are several similarities between the two, there are also some key differences. When we look at various characters as well as the storyline, we see those similarities and differences. Washington Irving’s depiction of Katrina Van Tassel is that she was “a little of a coquette” and liked to mix older and modern fashions—“she wore the…stomacher of the older time; and withal a provokingly short petticoat, to display the prettiest foot and ankle” (Irving 325)—because they accentuated her bes...   [tags: Compare Contrast] 1734 words
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Story Telling: A Potent Tool In Ian McEwan's Atonement and Washington Irvin's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Although storytelling can be seen as a form of creative writing, the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan and the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irvin both suggest that storytelling serves as a means for exaggerating actual events. This is significant because the partially deceitful elements tend to mold the reader’s judgment of what really happens. In the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan, Thirteen year old Briony Tallis is gifted with the ability of words. Briony’s ability to tell stories often leaves the audience questioning whether Briony’s account of events actually took place or if they are a mere figment of her imagination....   [tags: Character Analysis, Mystery]
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Comparing Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow the Movie to the Book - Comparing Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow the Movie to the Book ?The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. is a short story by Washington Irving. Based on a well-known legend, this story tells the tale of the disappearance of the main character, Ichabod Crane. An effective ghost story, Irving leaves you guessing what the truth is behind the ending. The movie Sleepy Hollow is Hollywood?s portrayal of Irving?s original story. Although the movie is similar to the story in the beginning, the movie takes a twist that leads in another direction that strays far from the original plot....   [tags: Washington Irving Sleepy Hollow Essays] 1408 words
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Sleepy Hollow: The Film and The Story - Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” was adapted into a movie titled “Sleepy Hollow” directed by Tim Burton nearly two centuries after the original publication. When the story was adapted as a film, several extensive changes were made. A short story easily read in one sitting was turned into a nearly two-hour thriller, mystery, and horror movie by incorporating new details and modifying the original version of the story. The short story relates the failed courtship of Katrina Van Tassel by Ichabod Crane....   [tags: Literary Comparison]
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Adaptations Made in the Sleepy Hollow TV Series - The ability to not take itself too seriously was, at the beginning, one of the winning cards thanks to which Sleepy Hollow has walked away from the gaming table with my interest in its pocket. But now that the first season has ended, i feel the series could aim to become way more than a funny and bizarre entertainement. Ideally the premises to do everything wrong were all there. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the short story penned by Washington Irving, has been adapted many times including a silent movie....   [tags: soldier, friendship, modernity ] 720 words
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Sleepy Hollow:Heads Will Roll - Sleepy Hollow:Heads Will Roll Have you ever heard of The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. It’s a wonderful story, written by Washington Irving in 1819. It was then made into a movie entitled Sleepy Hollow by the gothic film maker Tim Burton in 1999. Basically, it tells the story of a constable named Ichabod Crane sent to a small Dutch community called Sleepy Hollow in the state of New York to investigate the deaths of many people found with their heads cut off. The locals say that the murders have been committed by the legendary Headless Horseman and Ichabod does not believe this, but with the help of the fair Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of the town’s richest man, and the young son of one of t...   [tags: Art] 644 words
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Irving's Portrayal of Women in His Novels - In his stories the women were not portrayed as nice. Women were usually nagging and would fight with their husbands. Some critics felt that Irving took an anti-feminism approach to his writing. However some critic feel that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow shows importance of marriage. Some critics also argue the quality of his work. Some pieces of his work are considered remarkable. While other pieces of his work are considered not to be that good. Irving’s health was also not very good and he had tuberculosis....   [tags: sleepy hollow, RIP van winkle] 649 words
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Irving Textual Analysis of "The Legend Of Sllepy Hollow" - Textual Analysis of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" 1.) Romantic Description: a. pg. 715 - "there is a little valley, or rather lap of land, among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world.  A small brook glides through it, with just a murmur enough to lull one to repose; and the occasional whistle of a quail, or tapping of a woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquility." Irving describes nature as an untouchable force.  He ignores the realism of nature and reveals only the beauty it holds.  It is the stereotypical description of Mother Nature.  Irving makes it sound so tranquil as if this place doesn’t e...   [tags: essays research papers] 1707 words
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Theme of Horror in the Sleepy Hollow - Theme of Horror in the Sleepy Hollow The film Sleepy Hollow is a fantasy/gothic horror film; the rating 15 tells us it probably has some gore in it. As we watch the film, some parts could also be described as thriller. The director Tim Burton is known for his love of Hammer horror films and before starting work on this film he encouraged his team to watch Hammer horror films like "Black Sunday" and "The Fearless Vampire Killers", as this was the effect he wanted to put across in Sleepy Hollow....   [tags: Papers] 2182 words
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The Opening Sequence of Sleepy Hollow - The Opening Sequence of Sleepy Hollow The very first thing the audience sees when watching this film is a thick red liquid dripping onto a parchment. Because the audience expects the film to be a horror film, they automatically think the liquid is blood. Seeing this image makes the audience assume someone has been murdered or at least injured. This one picture spurs questions in a person's mind like, 'who does the blood belong to?' and 'Has someone been killed?' The audience will want these questions answered, so they will continue to watch....   [tags: Papers] 661 words
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Sleepy Hollow Film Review - ‘Sleepy Hollow’ film Review Blood and murder usually go down a treat for the people who love gore but this is not the case in the movie ‘Sleepy Hollow’. Repetition is the key to an ultimately predictable film. Just as in any other film we see a substance with a resemblance to blood fall onto a piece of paper. This tells our minds the movie will have elements of horror. Then two hands, male and female, clasp. A headless horseman then appears decapitating an innocent man on the run in the woods....   [tags: essays research papers] 1156 words
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The Opening Scenes of Sleepy Hollow and the Truman Show - The Opening Scenes of Sleepy Hollow and the Truman Show In this essay I shall be concentrating upon the role of the director, looking at the films Sleepy Hollow and The Truman Show. The director has enormous power and authority for everything that happens on the film set. The two directors of Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton) and The Truman Show (Peter Weir) both set out to make different kind of films. Tim Burton set out to make a gothic horror film whereas Peter Weir set out to make a serious comedy....   [tags: Papers] 788 words
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Issues that Need to Be Adressed when Advising Amy About Sleepy Hollow Nursing Home's Assets and Liabilities - ... Due to the facts within the scenario explicitly stating that Amy was aware of the revocation, one cannot counter-argue the method of communication. If this information had been omitted from the facts, Amy’s acceptance would have been valid and Delphine would have been liable for breaching the contract because the revocation of the offer would not have been communicated to Amy sufficiently. In advising Amy, the Nursing Home does not have the right to sue Delphine because Danny did not have to keep the offer open for a week and his revocation of the offer made by Danny on behalf of Delphine was sufficiently communicated....   [tags: is Ben's letter an offer, right to withdrawal]
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A Comparison of two Gothic Horror Films, Sleepy Hollow and The Lost Boys - A Comparison of two Gothic Horror Films, Sleepy Hollow and The Lost Boys Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton) and The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher) are fairly recent films, they both use specific camera shots to portray different characters, however, The Lost Boys, recorded in 1987 has fewer special effects than Sleepy Hollow, for at the time of the making of The Lost Boys, fewer facilities were available, compared to when Sleepy Hollow was filmed in 1999. Lost Boys is in some ways a tragedy, about a group of Vampires who had been taken over by the villain, (as the title "Lost Boys" suggests) who we are led to believe is David, the leader of the group of Vampires, but is in f...   [tags: Papers] 1637 words
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Women in Beowulf and Arthurian Legend - Women in Beowulf and Arthurian Legend A common theme in the stories we have read is that glory, happiness, and success come in cycles (this theme is commonly represented as "the wheel of fortune"). This theme is present in the Arthurian tales, as well as in Beowulf. Each story tells a tale (or part of a tale) of a rise to glory, and the proceeding fall to disarray. The men always were the kings and warriors, but the women played different roles in the different stories. The women of Beowulf were used to bind up peace (or were peaceful women), whereas the women of Arthurian legend tended to disturb the peace and cause strife....   [tags: Females Beowulf Arthurian Legend Essays] 1281 words
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Ichabod Crane: The Man and the Movie - 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....   [tags: Character Analysis, comparative]
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The Remains of a Legend’s Title - Alexander the Great is a great example to this new title change, he was known as a legend, a hero and even the Messiah. Alexander was born on the summer of 356 BC and died in the month of Daisios (June) 323 BC. His parents are Olympias and Philip, Olympias was the princess of the Molossia in Epirus, which was named after Andromache and Neoptolemus son. Neoptolemus is the same man who slain King Priam, and is also the son of Achilles. So it is said that Alexander was a descendant of the “flawed hero of the Illiad”....   [tags: Alexander The Great, Legend, Hero, History]
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Death and Creation in The Hollow Men - Throughout the semester, we have read many poems by many well-known authors. All of these poems were worthy of the literary merit they received, but I would like to write this paper on a poem that is equally as wonderful. I will be writing this paper on T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men.” This is an incredibly poetic work that is just simply brilliant. I will be discussing how Eliot constantly uses death and creation images to strengthen the theme of the poem. Throughout this entire poem, there is an ever-present theme of death....   [tags: Hollow Men Essays] 581 words
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History and Legend Behind The Giant Squid - Throughout history and legend, people have told of a giant creature that lurked at the depth of the ocean. They have told of a massive beast, with arms 60 feet long. This creature supposedly would destroy ships and devour people whole. It was feared for centuries, and named the Kracken. Not too terribly long ago, this creature was proven by science. It was proven to be not a demon, but a species of massive Squid. The Giant Squid is, as the name describes, a massive squid, of the genus architeuthis, which can grow up to 43 feet long, and weigh more than half a ton....   [tags: legend, ocean, evidance ]
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Emptiness in The Hollow Men - Emptiness in The Hollow Men      After Eliot had published The Waste Land, he felt as though he had not been able to fully convey the sense of desperation and emptiness in that work. Beginning with "Doris’s Dream Songs" and "Eyes I Last Saw in Tears," he explored these themes, eventually uniting all such poems in The Hollow Men. The end product is a work that, unlike The Waste Land and its ultimate chance for redemption, has only the indelible emptiness of the hollow men as its conclusion. The hollow men are those who, in life, did not act on their beliefs; they resisted any action at all, and as a result stagnate eternally in "the Shadow," a land in between heaven and hell, completely i...   [tags: Hollow Men Essays]
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Analysis of The Legend of Big Liz - The Legend of Big Liz During the Civil War there was a slave girl named Elizabeth...who worked on a plantation in Dorchester County. Her owner was a very wealthy man who was extremely paranoid that he would lose his assets if the war reached his home and the North won. As things began turning out poorly for the Confederates, the owner decided to hide his treasures in the Greenbriar Swamp. He took Elizabeth, who he called Liz, deep into the swamp and had her dig a hole to bury the treasure in. After the hole was dug and the treasure placed in it, the owner knocked Liz over the head and into the hole with his shovel....   [tags: Ghost Story Urban Legend]
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The Sword in the Stone of the Arthurian Legend - The Sword in the Stone of the Arthurian Legend King Arthur and the knights of the round table belong to a long line of books and stories of the Arthurian legend. Merlin, Lancelot, The lady of the lake, King Arthur, and Excaliber are all very important in the Arthurian legend. In this essay we will talk about King Arthur, the knights of the round table, and Merlin in the famous story, The sword in the stone.      The Sword in the stone is a book about an adopted child named wart. He is of royal blood and does not know this....   [tags: Arthurian Legend Sword Stone Essays]
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Man Causes the Destruction of the Human Race: "I Am Legend" and "Z For Zachariah" - The film ‘I Am Legend’ and the novel ‘Z For Zachariah’ were chosen to be studied together for my connected text assignment. Originally I chose the film because I enjoyed it; I then matched it to a text based on similarities in theme. Both ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘Z For Zachariah’ are based on the same theme; that of man as the cause of the destruction of the human race. While the settings and characters are vastly different; as is the cause of destruction, both the main characters are faced with tough decisions that must be made in order to survive a major man made disaster....   [tags: I Am Legend, Z For Zachariah, ] 1666 words
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