Monday, October 24, 2011

Compare and Contrast

In the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irvine, he describes the main character, Ichabod Crane, as an awkward looking person, "He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves, feet that might have served for shovels, and his whole frame most loosely hung together. His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock, perched upon his spindle neck, to tell which way the wind blew." In Tim Burton's adaptation of the short story Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane. Although Johnny Depp is not awkward in the sense of his proportions, Tim Burton stylizes his dialogues and the characteristics of Johnny Depp to match the physical awkwardness of Ichabod Crane. Ichabod Crane in Tim Burtons adaptation is eccentric and warm hearted, which is very similar to how Washington Irvine describes him "Ichabod Crane had a soft and foolish heart". In Tim Burton's adaptation of the story, it only revolves around Ichabod Crane, he is a detective. In Washington Irvines Short Story, Ichabod is one of many other large role characters and is a school teacher. Washington Irvine's story is written in a narrative style, which gives Tim Burton the liberty to interpret characters differently than Irvine may have seen them.

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