Foreshadowing Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

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“[G]reen glassy eyes... [t]o see him striding along the profile of a hill on a windy day, with his clothes bagging and fluttering about him, one might have mistaken him for the genius of famine descending upon the earth, or some scarecrow eloped from a cornfield (9).

“Ichabod prided himself upon his dancing as much as upon his vocal powers. Not a limb, not a fibre about him was idle; and to have seen his loosely hung frame in full motion, and clattering about the room, you would have thought Saint Vitus himself, that blessed patron of the dance, was figuring before you in person” (28).
Irving’s use of foreshadowing is very clever as he uses it early in the story. He describes Ichabod as having “green glass eyes”(9) to both foreshadow and symbolize the envy of Ichabod that will manifest later on, it shows foreshadowing by giving a subtle hint as to what green represents- that being envy, because we find out as a reader later on that Ichabod is very envious, we can conclude that the eyes are supposed to symbolize early on the envy within Ichabod.

Irving later uses a metaphor to describe Ichabod, comparing him to a sign of famine. Irving does this because Ichabod is supposed to represent an anti-hero, a protagonist that you wouldn’t really like to have and by having him with a negative connotation it strengthens the idea of how bad of a guy he is. By associating Ichabod with famine, Irving achieves his purpose of making the whole story of Sleepy Hollow not work exactly how it…

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