Washington Irving Humor
The way the story is told using humor is through irony. The way irony fits into the story relies around Ichabod Crane’s goal: to marry Katrina. Ichabod wanted to marry Katrina only for her wealth, only to not only lose the competition but also to be “captured” by the Headless Horseman.
Before all of his short stories, Irving wrote an article known as “A History of New York”, written in the style of a public announcement. It was written to persuade people to visit New York for its natural beauty and fascinating history. Irving used humoristic traits to make people interested in visiting New York, by mocking the historians of the state as comedians. His satirical idea that people would be more interested in a situation if it included humor became a reality when people who were influenced by Irving’s writings visited New …show more content…
Ichabod Crane, who is a parody of the townspeople of the New England states, is portrayed as a silly looking man who is also a lunatic, getting himself into wacky situations throughout the tale. Ichabod’s goal led him straight to his fate: a night to woo the beautiful Katrina fails and instead becomes a captive of the ghostly Headless Horseman, never to be seen again.
“Rip Van Winkle”: Rip Van Winkle, a man who attempts to find peace during the taxes of King George III, only to find peace by sleeping throughout the entire Revolutionary War. Not only does Winkle , but his desire to avoid his nagging wife and complaints from his children led to him to a future where his wish was half granted: his wife passed away, his prank-making son stole all his fame in the village, his beloved dog no longer recognized his former owner, his closest friends died in the Revolution, and his daughter became a mother, despite Winkle’s beliefs she would not be able to have a child. Other settlers wish they slept peacefully during the hardships of the Revolutionary War, much like