Monday, October 24, 2011

Brom Bones: In the Story and in the Movie

Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" plays a much more significant role than Brom Van Brunt in the film adaptation Sleepy Hollow. In the short story, Brom Bones is villainous and a major threat to Ichabod's relationship with Katrina. In fact, at the end of the story, the reader is left to consider that Brom Bones is the Headless Horseman because of his enmity with Ichabod.Whereas in the film adaptation, Brom Bones is mentioned a few times (and seen in the exposition) but never poses a major threat to Ichabod. Since Burton and the screenwriters decided to change the course of the story, the adaptation eliminates Brom as any type of villain or threat to the protagonist. He is almost taken out of the story in the movie, but plays a significant role in the short story.

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