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The author's tone, especially at the beginning, is dreary and dull, and reflecting on Tom Walker's mood about his life.
The imagery used throughout the book describes how the situations Walker goes through change once he meets the Devil. "...one of the great trees fair and flourishing without, but rotten at the core...."
The author uses style to show how miserable Tom Walker's life is with his poor living conditions and his short-tempered wife. This helps the reader understand why he would be tempted to sell his soul for riches and comfort.
The theme of the story centers around greed, proving that it is destructive and consuming, and all who fall victim to it are often ruined, as happened to Tom Walker.
The word choice used in the story leaves a dark, menacing feeling in the reader, especially after hearing of Tom Walker's dreadful demise.
The story "The Devil and Tom Walker" relates to the Puritan literary time period because it contains dark magic and the idea that people are willing to do anything for what they want. in "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller the character Abigail is willing to risk everything she stands for and kill innocent people to get what she wants and in "The Devil and Tom Walker" Tom Walker sells his soul to the Devil for money, powered by his own greed. The Puritan times were associated with witchcraft, danger, and the supernatural, all which are seen in "The Devil and Tom Walker".
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