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Compose a 1500 words assignment on analysis of the legend of sleepy hollow. Needs to be plagiarism free! It is the story of a character named Ichabod Crane, a Connecticut Yankee who came to the sleepy town and who has big dreams of bagging the town’s most eligible bachelorette, Katrina van Hassel, daughter of the town’s richest farmer and partake of the vast property of her inheritance and realize the American dream. The story is ended with a Postscript entitled Found in the Handwriting of Mr. Knickerbocker. This postscript acts as a concluding statement to the short story where the narrator clarifies what the story is all about and the lesson that can be gleaned from it. In addition, a character suspiciously similar to the short story’s main character, although older and wealthier, appeared.
The Postscript to the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow shows the narrator winding up his story to the audience who are all wealthy New Yorkers, including a “tall, dry-looking old gentleman, with beetling eyebrows” who was obviously a man of fortune and success and who demanded to know the moral of the story. The narrator gave him three: first, “That there is no situation in life but has its advantages and pleasures – provided we will but take a joke as we find it.” second, “That, therefore, he that runs races with goblin troopers is likely to have rough riding of it” and. third and as a conclusion, “for a county schoolmaster to be refused the hand of a Dutch heiress, is a certain step to high preferment in the state.” All of these answers do not really make sense perhaps and are actually confusing which is perhaps the very intention of the narrator – to confuse the person asking. This is because the narrator, according to the book The Cambridge History of American Literature, was actually trying to make the point that “literature, in short, has no practical purpose or lesson to teach. its value is that it entertains without regard to use” (Berkovitch & Patell 1997 p 672).