United States Mythology
Every country has mythology behind their culture and traditions. The United States is no different. American mythology incorporates all parts of American lifestyle, especially the diversity of it. But in order to keep it going, the mythology of the United States brings our past into the future.
The United States may be a brand new country, however, American folklore is diverse and filled with interesting characters and situations. Many of these myths are “laced with the truth (everything2.com). Real people are “mythologized” in these stories (everything2.com). They are supposed to reflect social thinking, values, and traditions of people.
Of course, as in any story, the characters in United States mythology are what make the story. Many of the characters were real people in both ways. They actually did exist and they had flaws, despite their extraordinary characteristics. Pioneers like Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Johnny Appleseed, etc. each had their own distinguishing qualities but were known for their tough and scruffy look (everything2.com). Apocryphal character like Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill are known to be extremely strong (americanfolklore.net). There are also many superheroes in American mythology—they include Superman, Spiderman, Batman, and the Fantastic Four (media.www.gwhatchet.com). Each one of them has their own unique qualities and experiences that distinguish them. Besides these characters, there are plenty of supernatural figures such as Bloody Mary, The Jersey Devil, Blackbeard’s Ghost and Hookman (americanfolklore.net). These classic heroes and characters help keep the mythology going.
One of these scary ghost stories is the classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, telling the frightening story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is about a teacher named Ichabod Crane, a beautiful woman named Katrina Van Tassel, and the strong, handsome, and extremely cocky trouble-maker, Brom...