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Washington Irving uses a dark, melancholy tone to voice his opinions on Tom Walker. At times the story changes to a satirical sense, especially when speaking about Tom's use of his wealth. This image is used to show how from Tom's first talk with the Devil, the theme of darkness is evident.
The diction used is a matter of fact tone that helps to show the story in proverbial sense. The way that the characters are described (termagant, discord, clamor) helps the reader understand the situation better. This image helps illustrate the character's relationship.
From the authors word choice, he creates visuals that complement the theme. For example: "As he scrambled up the tree, the vulture spread its wide wings, and sailed off...Tom seized the checked apron, but...found nothing but a heart and liver..." (Irving, 264)
The Narrator uses a matter-of-fact tone with symbolic language (such as the trees with names ready for the fire). The story resembles a folk like tale that had been passed several generations. This creates a proverb style tale effective in it's message. This scene ties the knot on it's message.
The narrator exposes the vanity of greed as it's theme. Tom's continual usury through the story shows that he's never satisfied--always craving more. I chose an image of Tom at his work to show what he did to create his destiny.
Many of the writings of the Puritan era deal with the devil and the warnings against sinning. Tom Walker is used as an example of what the consequences of dealing with the devil are, just as Puritan literature warns.
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