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Grant BridgesMrs. VivolaEnglish 3-4: Per. 2December 12, 2017Final Written Exam Sleepy Hollow, a valley set not far from Tarry Town, a place that is said to be one of the most quiet places someone can find on the planet. Washington Irving’s “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”, is a story that has the main aspect of it driven by the setting. Within this story the setting is what lets the story be the way it is, with the Headless Horseman to the timeline. Easily shown that this town and the valley are both very magical places, filled with people having occult beliefs through their lives. In Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the setting plays a significant role. Irving uses vivid descriptions and lots of imagery to show that peace, tranquility, and new worlds can be found within nature and the atmosphere that surrounds the paradise known as Sleepy Hollow. Such a secluded town, too small to be a city, but thriving enough for tales to be told through generations. Tarry Town is told to be a dutch settlement place in New York, a close by which helps set the idea that Sleepy Hollow is a place full of happy farmers who all know and care for each other. The way they live is based on dutch culture, such as building and social gatherings. ‘It was one of those spacious farmhouses, with high-ridged but lowly sloping roofs, built in the style handed down from the first Dutch settlers” (Irving, 7). The quote goes to show that even throughout time the settlers still have influence because the people live in such a small place so culture never changes. The setting is the main reason this story allows for legends to exist, such as the Headless Horseman, and the town is a hotspot for supernatural stories and said occurrences. With the old exchanging stories of how the town was once a vibrant place, and now ghosts of all kinds haunt this quiet place. “A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere. Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement”(Irving, 1) “The whole neighborhood abounds with local tales, haunted spots, and twilight superstitions” (Irving 1). Spirits are said to hang within small towns where relatives are close and graves nearby. With soldiers from war supposedly being buried at the church, most people here would believe anything they hear. The history and vacant mood gives any reader an irie and imaginative feeling, letting their own imagination run wild. A dreamy and quiet place such as Sleepy Hollow brings Ichabod to a new world. This country side gives him a sense of peaceful loneliness. When Crane first describes the valley it is said to be a close by, about 2 miles away, and to be one of the places he is most comfortable. “If ever I should wish for a retreat whither I might steal from the world and its distractions, and dream quietly away the remnant of a troubled life, I know of none more promising than this little valley” (Irving, 1). To Crane the valley is a place of solitude where he can hide from all his problems and rest away with no disturbance. A feeling that only a quail or woodpecker is said to break the silence. The place is so quiet that few animals even break the silence. Sleepy Hollow is almost in a spell of tranquility. “I had wandered into it at noontime, when all nature is peculiarly quiet, and was startled by the roar of my own gun, as it broke the Sabbath stillness around and was prolonged and reverberated by the angry echoes” (Irving, 1). Crane describes the silence as peculiar, really showing that this place is magical, where the only way to break the silence is by the person experiencing it. This contrasts to Irvings ideas that a countryside can be one of the most important and soothing places to find one’s value in life. Soldiers from the past are said to be buried at the church, and one was a Hessian soldier from the revolutionary war, now known as the Headless Horseman. The time period is also a big factor in setting up the ghostly vibe of the story. This story is described to take place around 1790 when the revolutionary war had ended soon before, and only about 30 years before the story was actually published. “It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind” (Irving, 2) The Horseman is said to be unknown but his cause of death and time give hints to when the story takes place. He is said to be seen riding through town “as if on the wings of the wind” which describes the speed and grace in which he rides. The older men of the town loved their old war stories that helped develop the ghostly and old vibe the town gave off. “…gossiping over former times, and drawing out long stories about the war. This neighborhood, at the time of which I am speaking, was one of those highly favored places which abound with chronicle and great men” (Irving, 14). The towns folk would share tales of the past, tales of loved ones, and tales of ghosts. Even the most respected men shared their own version of Headless Horseman encounters, making Ichabod really believe. This really ties into the fact that the timeline of the story allowed for these events to occur and for Sleepy Hollow to become the quiet and vivid place it is. Washington Irving has the book surround a certain time period, allowing for unique characters and feelings for the reader to experience when imagining the town. The significance of a countryside is really shown through this story. A small town within the heart of nowhere, described to be extremely peaceful and quiet. Through his use of imagery, Irving can show how silent a place can be, or how old a place is just by the characters he created. “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow” is a great example of how peaceful and vivid one place can truly be.Work CitedWashington Irving’s “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow”