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. Therefore
similarities do not end there, at the title, because Burton was
obviously inspired by Irving. Burton continued the theme and setting
of the legend and the town it took place in, Sleepy Hollow. For
example, the town in the book was a small town in the middle of
nowhere and surrounded by a wooded area. I noticed Burton kept the
same idea for the movie, the town is surrounded by wooded areas as
well, and this is obvious throughout the movie when Ichabod Crane
rides on his horse and eventually learns of and about ?the tree?.
The time period of the two stories was also kept similar, regarding
the way the town peoples dressed and the attitude towards women.
Another similarity is that most of the characters are the same. The
main character, Ichabod Crane, is the same main character with a
similar purpose in the in the movie as the book. The young lady he
grows fond of in both the book and the movie is also present and
similar, Katrina. Burton transferred most of the characters and the
setting over to the movie extremely well.
When it came to watching the movie, it was not the similarities that
held me to my seat. The differences were almost a larger, more
important role in bringing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to life. The
movie would have been much less interesting if Burton wouldn?t have
added Katrina?s stepmother to the storyline, for she was the
character that added death and affairs to this otherwise boring plot.
Burton made the stepmother responsible for deaths in sleepy hollow due