Compare Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones as American Archetypes
Throughout Sleepy Hollow’s legend, Ichabod Crane’s character remains somewhat concealed for the reader to decipher their personal perspective of him. Ichabod’s teaching career sets a platform for his sharp-featured and clumsy nature as he uses his educational sophistication to stand out amongst the villagers of Sleepy Hollow. Besides his illuminated eating appetite, he is particularly obsessed with telling ghost stories to an extent that makes him believe their existence (Irving, 63). Furthermore, he is an opportunist who attempts to court Katrina not because of his love for her, but because of the mouth-watering display of foods in her father’s house.
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Within a short period after his escape, Brom Bones marries Katrina Van Tassel. Both of these characters depict confidence in their own ways whereby Ichabod remains self-assured of his career as an educational teacher and Bones in his equestrian endeavors. Their characters further represent ancient America whereby the citizens were not as diverse as today. Their roles in the tale depict Sleepy Hollow as a simple town in which people’s concerns center around philosophical education and equestrianism.