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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Plot Diagram

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Plot Diagram - headless horseman

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  • EXPOSITION
  • He never strays too far from the churchyard!
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • Ichabod Crane is the schoolmaster in Sleepy Hollow, a town beset by supernatural occurrences. A local favorite is the tale of the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian mercenary who lost his head.
  • CLIMAX
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  • Ichabod Crane wants to marry Katrina van Tassel, the flirtatious daughter of a wealthy landowner, but she has another suitor, Brom Bones. After receiving the brushoff from Katrina, Ichabod leaves a social gathering in an agitated state.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • After hearing many ghost stories at the party, Ichabod goes home during the witching hour. Again and again he imagines a ghost or goblin in almost everything he sees. Finally he sees an enormous hulk - the headless horseman.
  • RESOLUTION
  • The Headless Horseman matches Crane's pace, and finally chases him. Ichabod tries to spur on the Gunpowder, a borrowed horse, to reach the bridge quickly.
  • Ichabod makes it to the bridge and turns to see if his pursuer will disappear. The Headless Horseman throws his "head" at Ichabod, who falls off his horse and passes out.
  • The next morning, the townspeople find Crane's hat and his few belongings, as well as a smashed pumpkin, by the bridge.
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