Essay about Hawthorne’s Exploits and Irving’s Miscues

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Fifteen years separate Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown.” The two share an eerie connection because of the trepidation the two protagonists endure throughout the story. The style of writing between the two is not similar because of the different literary elements they choose to exploit. Irving’s “Sleepy Hollow” chronicles Ichabod Crane’s failed courtship of Katrina Van Tassel as well as his obsession over the legend of the Headless Horseman. Hawthorne’s story follows the spiritual journey of the protagonist, Young Goodman Brown, through the woods of Puritan New England where he looses his religious faith. However, Hawthorne’s work with “Young Goodman …show more content…
Both Eve and Brown are placed in a tempting situation because of their curiosity and eventually surrender to their temptation. Brown’s acceptance goes against his Puritan beliefs but also leads him to question the people around him because the old man/devil told him, “Well said, Goodman Brown! I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans” (1290). This statement leads to Brown thinking that the old man has been around the community forever and questions if all he has ever learned in his past has been the teachings of the devil. Irving’s use of symbolism is not as extensive as Hawthorne’s because it does not posses rich history and deep connotation. Irving uses food to symbolize Ichabod’s desire for Katrina by describing her as a “tempting morsel” (970). Even tough it is symbolism, it is far to tenuous to stand next to Hawthorne’s use of symbolism. Irving does not allude to the bible, and does not provide his symbols with meaning through their actions. Irving fails to provide his characters with a voice like Hawthorne does. Hawthorne develops his characters in a superior manner than Irving because he is able to achieve verisimilitude through his characters. Verisimilitude is an important element to incorporate in a story because it depicts the character inside the reader’s mind, giving them a voice to strengthen the reader-character relationship. Irving fails to incorporate any quotations into his story,

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