Headless Horseman Comparison

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A short story is an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot. When you as the reader analyze these findings among your contemporary or modern selections, you find that the authors and producers had much to compare and contrast as they each had their own special devices used in the stories, and differences and similarities between the works. After analyzing the selections by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Katherine Anne Porter, the reader finds several literary components to compare and contrast between the text and the movies such as the plot, characters, and tone developed and created in each …show more content…
On the contrary, the producer of the movie shows what happened to the headless horseman with his own twist on the events, and shows scene of when the headless horseman was alive and how he was corned by his enemy and had his own head chopped off of his body like how he does to everyone he comes back for (The legend of sleepy hollow, Pierre Gang). This event from the plot was different as the producer of the film needed to have a distinct way that the headless horseman came to be, instead of just not actually showing what occurred for this character to be created like how the short story explains it. The producer provided a method so that he could bring that evidence back at a later point that would be helpful to understanding the plot as the movie progresses. As a viewer, this change to the plot enhanced the story and made it more understandable as opposed to reading the short story and just knowing that the character exists because the author added him in. The short …show more content…
In “The legend of sleepy hollow”, some of the characters such as Ichabod Crane were in different, as the short story had him presented as a school teacher in the town of Tarrytown (Washington Irving page 19), and in the film he was a constable from New York who goes to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders. The reason for the change of roles of the character Crane, was so that the story could have more of that serious, scary feeling to it as he is going to investigate the beheadings of people. The change is also made to enhance the story to make it seem more real. As a viewer, this change was pretty significant as it changes the feel of the story. This change draws the viewer in more during the movie, as the viewer does not know what Crane will find in his investigations. In “Rappaccini 's daughter”, the characters were very similar between the short story and the movie. The characters created and developed by the author such as Giovanni and Beatrice, share the same characteristics as the characters from the film. The characters were the same in the short story and the movie as they were all important in the roles they played and through the ideas and atmospheres they expressed (Nathaniel Hawthorne page 71). These characters and their traits are carried over into the film so that the movie gives off the same feeling as the

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