Foreshadowing in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Irving makes use of foreshadowing throughout “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” signalling important events to come and creating tension and suspense. Some of the most notable instances of foreshadowing occur through the medium of local folklore. The tale of the Headless Horseman is told early on in the story, only to resurface at the climax. The same pattern is true of the tree named after Major André. Other, more subtle, instances of foreshadowing include shifts in mood and scenery to signal the coming scene, such as the beautiful sunset landscape before the Van Tassel dance and the eerie, quiet, dark turn the landscape takes before the climactic chase.
Foreshadowing Examples in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:
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"However wide awake they may have been before they entered that sleepy region, they are sure, in a little time, to inhale the witching influence of the air, and begin to grow imaginative, to dream dreams, and see apparitions...." See in text (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
"Certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power..." See in text (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
"Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there..." See in text (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)