The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • Greed: Tom is offered wealth beyond his dreams. He is offered a big deal, but he does not take it. Instead, he thinks sharing his fortunes are not to be given to anybody.
  • No! I will not accept your deal!
  • Hypocrisy: Tom refuses to become a slave trader on moral grounds, but has no problem making a profit by making others poor. Tom also demonstrates hypocrisy because his heart is not into his new belief in God.
  • Hey, you owe me your money. Its mine now!
  • Moral Corruption: His conversion to religion is made for sake of his own personal interest rather than his faith in God. Truly, he does not meditate in his personal life with his relationship with God.
  • Oh! I truly want to be a different man, but I just can't.
  • Temptation: When Tom Walker decided to take a shortcut through the swamp he met a black man. This black man goes by the name of Old Scratch. The black man told him about the great sums of money buried by the Kidd the pirate. Tom wanted that money.
  • There are great sums of money buried by the Kidd the pirate.
  • Wealth: In each character, wealth, is an important need in their life. Tom Walker's temptation to wealth, led his wife to an unavoidable murder. The desire of wealth always leads to greed, which leads to great consequences in life.
  • Tom's new house: In the story the new house was described as beautiful and showy on the outside, but empty on the inside. The house symbolizes which show falses appearences. Such as Tom Walker had all the money, but was not happy with his life.
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