In "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," the relationship between man and nature is way more convincing than the one between Katrina and Ichabod. Nature is like another character here, and man is it chatty. Birds have parties, there are squadrons of farm animals, and like any good friend, nature is sympathetic when you're sad. Ichabod seems oblivious to his relationship to nature, except that it gives him things to eat. But the other residents of Sleepy Hollow seem to be best buds with the land around them, forming an interdependent relationship that lets them live quietly and comfortably.
In "Sleepy Hollow," man's relationship with the natural world is simply to dominate it.
Nature and mankind have an interdependent relationship in "Sleepy Hollow"—each one rubs off on the other.