Washington Irving And His Works Essay

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Washington Irving and His Works

     Washington Irving was born on April 3, 1783 in Tarrytown, New York. His father was a merchant and owned an import business. Irving had literary influences early in his life. He was friends with Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, and Charles Dickens. Washington Irving had no formal schooling.
Instead, he taught himself by reading as many books as possible.
     Washington Irving had other interests than just writing. Irving was an inventor. He invented ice drinks and the dumb waiter. Irving was also an entrepreneur. "Early in his life Irving planned to follow his father's footsteps in the family business." (p. 187)
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     Another similarity in both of the "short stories" is that a supernatural figure is the terror of each story. The supernatural being in The Legend of
Sleepy Hollow is the Headless Horsemen. To the people of Tarrytown, the story of the Headless Horsemen is that he was a Hessian soldier that had his head shot off by a cannon ball. The soldier rides around at midnight looking for his head.
"He glided through the night with a head upon his horn." (Washington Irving.
p. 123) The supernatural figure in The Devil and Tom Walker is the Devil.
The Devil lives in the forest in the darkest spot. In the times that this story was written, people referred to the Devil as the "Black Man." The Devil tried to get Tom to sifn his book and hand over his soul.
     Another parallelism of The Devil and Tom Walker and The Legend of Sleepy
Hollow is that main characters in each story fear supernatural figures. In The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow Icabod is afraid of the Headless Horsemen. Icabod is always looking over his shoulder in fear of the Hessian soldier. Icabod is especially fearful at night in the forest. Icabod would also scare himself by telling scary stories. "Icabod's fear grew from his own tales." (Washington
Irving, p.47) In The Devil and Tom Walker, Tom fears meeting the Devil in the woods. The Devil tries to get Tom to give his soul to him but Tom battles his fears and doesn't

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