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tell which way the wind blew. As Irving puts it, Katrina Van Tassel, Was a blooming lass of fresh eighteen, plump as a partridge, ripe and melting and rosy-cheeked as one of her fathers peaches, and universally famed not merely for her beauty, but for her vast expectations. Gothocism is a term that describes the use in fiction of grotesque, gloomy settings and mysterious, violent, and supernatural occurrences. Washington Irving uses many examples of Gothocism in the story. Some examples are From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its in habitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the

neighboring countries. A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere. Another example of Gothocism that Irving uses is when he talks about the Headless Horseman. He say s It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever an anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind. The ghost rides forth to the seen of the battle in a nightly quest of his head; and that rushing speed with which he passed along the Hollow, like a midnight blast. These are only two of the many uses of Gothocism in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving uses Humorous Tone to convey

his attitude toward his subject, characters, and readers. The humorous tone keeps us from taking the act seriously. The first humorous tone I came across was Suddenly he heard a groan his teeth chattered and his knees smote against the saddle. Here Irving displays a mildly humorous tone to take our minds off of the Gothic element that are going to occur. These are the three characteristics of a folk-tale, and how Irving presents them throughout the book. By using these three characteristics Irving takes what would be just another Halloween story, and brings it to a whole other perspective.