The Devil and Tom Walker

The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • The beginning of the story starts off with Tom and his wife arguing day and night. People were so used to it that they didn't even try to stop it. As it continued, Tom thought that anything would be better than dealing with his wife
  • •Emotions & Feelings more important than reason: No one tries to stop the arguments between Tom and his wife
  • While wandering in the woods, he comes across an Indian skull with a tomahawk in it. He starts messing with it while plowing the fields until a dark skinned man tells him to stop. The man tells him about the money that Kidd the pirate left behind. Tom wanted it so bad that he decided to make a deal to work for the man to get the money
  • Tom went home and told his wife about the money. He didn't want to push his luck with the man, so his wife went to talk to the man to see if he could double the deal. That was the last time Tom every saw his wife again.
  • Tom decided to start the shop that the man told him to do. When he first began to work, he was so into doing it for the money that he wasn't paying attention to the consequences. After a while, he didn't wan to deal with the devil anymore so he tried everything he could to get out of it.
  • The devil soon finds out that Tom is trying to get out of the deal. He barges into the store and whisks him away on a horse. No one will ever see him again after that. People go to claim the mortgage for the store but couldn't get it because Tom was no where to be found to pay for it. Everything was destroyed and burnt to the ground.
  • •Celebration of the individual: Tom's greed takes over and soon he finds out that it was a bad idea to sign with the devil but it was too late
  • Early Romantics
  • Importance of imagination: In the beginning of the story, Tom found joy in disagreeing with what the Puritans believe
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