The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


Washington Irving

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Sleep Hollow can help.

Head of the Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman, of course, is a major character in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” But the ghostly rider—and, especially, his head—also symbolize the tension between reality and imagination, between the natural and…

(read full symbol analysis)

Cotton Mather’s “History of New England Witchcraft”

As the town schoolteacher, Ichabod is both admired and mistrusted for his knowledge. Though many of the women in the town consider him a perfect gentleman, some of the farmers who send their children to…

(read full symbol analysis)