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The Visible Vs. The Invisible Essay

1101 words - 5 pages

When one is faced with an unsolved problem, the first step is to research the topic causing the problem. This research, building a foundation to form one’s facts will also include any known background knowledge. Whilst browsing the internet or a published book to find useful information, one should gather information from all spectrums focused on the topic. By supporting the argument with well-rounded research, it is easier to form a conclusion, thus solving the problem. This format has the ability to be used in most circumstances, including in real-life events. However, if this process is not accurately used, one could end up with incorrect results or lack supporting evidence. Lacking knowledge causes fear in the common man, for fear of the unknown is like a child’s fear of the dark. Through the characters and tone of fear in Sleepy Hollow, Tim Burton depicts the issue that without well-rounded intelligence in all circumstances, fear of the unknown will thus cloud sense and reason.
The use of science in Sleepy Hollow gives an accurate interpretation of natural circumstances, but when faced with the unexplained, there is nothing to logically prove. Ichabod Crane, a constable, is sent to the town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate the odd murders with only the vague background knowledge on the matter. While there, the fearful elders in the town, one being Baltus Van Tassel, explain the Headless Horseman folklore. Their fear is a representation of the known Puritan fear of the forest, for they lack knowledge on what is actually occurring, thus blaming the tale. Burton makes it evident that Ichabod is a clear, physical representation of science in the film, for he has no religious affiliation, not believing in what he cannot see. He shows a sense of fear through camera angles and dim, bland lighting toward the elders, for they are stellar opposites. Disregarding their fear, Ichabod relies on logic and reason in attempt to gather evidence. This reluctance to believe in the supernatural causes him to become ignorant, heightening the unknowns of the forest and results in his misinterpretation of Lady Van Tassel. He constantly re-lives the death of his witch mother at the hand of his religious father through dreams, giving the viewer a clear understanding of what causes him to be skeptical of the unknown. Ichabod’s fear the ignorance causes him to conclude his evidence with unclear results and unanswered questions until he sees the supernatural being with his own eyes. when the Headless Horseman beheads one of the elders in his wake, he, without question, adds the supernatural to his evidence. Although Ichabod solves the case of the murders, the whole scenario could have gone smoother if he understood and believed in both science and the supernatural in the beginning.
The belief in the supernatural gives an explanation toward the unexplained yet does not diminish the tone of fear shared by the characters in Sleepy Hollow. Since the murders resemble the...

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