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The Devil and Tom Walker
Transcript of The Devil and Tom Walker
In The Beginning: Tom Walker wanted to go home and he took a short cut, which passes the land of the dead.
In The Middle: Tom meets the devil, but refuses to sell his soul. Tom's wife dies.
At The End: Tom sells his soul the second time for riches but it is short-lived, he is carried off by the devil.
The Theme/Message of the Story is
Greed will get you no where, hard work pays off.
Michael Del Rosario
A Memorable Quote in the Story Was When...
When asked to spare a poor man's house Tom replies, "Charity begins at home...I must take care of myself in these hard times" (pg. 267).
This story uses third person omniscient point of view, we can see this in two ways. First, the reader is able to know what is happening to all the characters at the same time. Second, the story starts off with a flash back setting the scene for the story to come.
Irving's use of an omniscient narrator allows the reader to see how conflicts affect the Devil as well as Tom Walker simultaneously.
Examples of Irving's Use of Direct and Indirect Characterization
Direct Characterization: Irving uses direct characterization to describe Tom's wife explaining she was a, "Tall quarrelsome woman, fierce of temper, loud of tongue, and strong of arm" (pg. 259).
Indirect Characterization: The reader sees how selfish Tom is when he says, "I must take care of myself in these hard times" (pg. 267) even though he is well off.
Comparing Cultural Attitudes: 1720s and 2014
1720s: The people believed you could talk in person with the Devil. An example of this is when Tom actually talked with "The Black Man" in the forest.
2014: The people now
proceed to "play" with the Devil and don't think of the consequences. One example is playing with a Ouija board
Autumn's Thoughts: This tale reminded me of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series because he was willing to split his soul for power.
Ian's Thoughts: This story reminded me of "A Separate Peace" because we can see the regret that Gene carries, like the regret that starts eating at Tom.
Corinne's Thoughts: This story remind me of the play, "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller because in both people believe you can talk with the Devil in person.
Michael's Thoughts: This story relates to the Bible because it shows the consequences of human's desire to put money and greed before anything else.
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