The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow By Washington Irving And Somnambulism

1168 Words Dec 16th, 2015 5 Pages
In the eighteen and nineteen hundreds, American gothic themes were very common throughout stories and poems. These gothic elements, whether in the form of settings, actions, or characters, influenced American literature and are still present in many stories today. Some of these gothic elements include those of terror, the supernatural, and the dark outdoors. Both the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving and Somnambulism by Charles Brockden Brown contain gothic elements in the form of terror, horror, fear of unknown, madness, and setting of the story. In the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the school teacher, Ichabod Crane, falls in love with a new girl who comes into the town of Sleepy Hollow. Her name is Katrina Van Tassel, and another man fights for her by the name of Brom Bones. The thin, twig like figure has to fight for Katrina’s hand against the more muscular man of Brom. Because Ichabod cannot win by sheer physical force, he has to use brains and wit, which only further incur the love of Katrina. Falling in love with a lovely girl is also in Somnambulism. In the story, Mr. Davis and his daughter, Constantia, go to visit an old friend in Pennsylvania. At the friend’s house, a young man by the name of Althorpe lives there. Similar to Sleepy Hollow, Althorpe falls in love with Constantia at first sight, but their story is a little different. Somnambulism is about Mr. Davis and Constantia visiting an old friend, which happens to be Althorpe’s uncle. As the two arrive…

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