The devil and tom walker

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  • Greed: Tom Walker sells his soul to the devil in exchange for money. It's meant to warn readers to not let greed blind them because it can have disastrous consequences.
  • Values: Tom values wealth and financial prosperity over the well-being of others. He is more concerned with the loss of his valuable property than he is with the murder of his wife. Tom's values lie in the wrong place, and in the end he is punished.
  • Religion: At the end of the story Tom believes he can atone for his sins by playing a devout Christian on the outside, while with misery, heartless practices. Also, condemns Puritans for their intolerance in persecuting those who do not believe what they do.
  • Bargaining: Tom does not think about the consequences that he has to face. It is clear to be careful where they tread when making deals with everyone; ensure the terms are understood.
  • Manipulation: Tom gets "manipulated" by Old Scratch by a promise of enough wealth and riches to last him the rest of his life. Tom then manipulates clients who come to him for loans, paying on their poverty and lust for better lives to bleed them dry for anything they have. No one realizes they are being manipulated until it is too late.
  • Good vs. Evil: Greed and hypocrisy are the root of evil, and from Tom's fate it is clear that these do not go unpunished. It also implies that this fate is avoidable; with a set of proper values and sound judgment, people can live "good" lives, combat evil, and ignore the devil.
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