Allusion in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Irving makes use of allusions to numerous sources in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Like many Western writers, the two central sources of reference are the Judeo-Christian Bible and the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. From the Bible come numerous references to Satan—particularly in the evocations of evil forces haunting Sleepy Hollow—as well as St. Vitus, and the namesakes for both Ichabod Crane and Abraham Van Brunt. From Greco-Roman myth come references to Achilles and Mercury. Finally, the story’s epigraph is drawn from James Thomson’s poem “The Castle of Indolence,” whose lines evoke a landscape as dreamlike and surreal as that of Sleepy Hollow.
Allusion Examples in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:
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"any more than that stormy lover, Achilles...." See in text (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
"he gained the opposite side; and now Ichabod cast a look behind to see if his pursuer should vanish, according to rule, in a flash of fire and brimstone..." See in text (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
""Spare the rod and spoil the child."..." See in text (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)