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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving
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Character Role Analysis

Brom and Ichabod

This is a classic case of city slicker meets good old country boy. Well, Connecticut slicker and good old Dutch boy, but the basic idea is the same—just roll with it. Ichabod and Brom contrast each other in nearly every way: Ichabod is tall and thin, Brom is wide and muscular; Ichabod is brainy, Brom is brawny; Ichabod is a loner, Brom has a posse. You get the point. These differences highlight their individual characteristics, and—ta da!—you've got yourself some foils.

Check out Brom's and Ichabod's "Character Analyses" to see more about how opposites (don't) attract.

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