The devil and Tom Walker
By eliza01, Updated
Tom Walker sells his soul to the devil.
Tom goes home to think about the deal that the devil offered him. It shows that he's corrupt because he has to think about it. A person who isn't corrupt wouldn't even think about making the deal but Tom does.
After telling his wife, Tom refuses to go so she goes to the woods to make the deal. This shows Tom to be selfish because he lets his wife go. He would rather have his wife go and sell her soul then him going to do so.
After a few days, Tom's wife doesn't come back so he goes and looks for her. He finds her clothes and is glad that the devil killed her, yet moarned for her later. That makes him corrupt because most people's first reaction would be sadness but his reaction is not sadness.
When he does find the devil, Tom sells his soul to him and becomes a usurer. He does this to become wealthy. Afterwards he becomes unhappy though, but it is too late. A deal is a deal.
Tom starts going to church and starts to read the bible. At church, he would pray loud and you could tell when he sinned by the clamour of his devotion. It shows that he is corrupt because he prays loudly so anyone can hear. It seems like he is just doing it so they can see rather than because he is truly sorry.
Before the devil took him, Tom was foreclosing a mortgage. The man was begging him to give him a few months to pay for his land, but Tom refused another day. If Tom would have been understanding he wouldn't have said "The devil take me if I have made a farthing." Therefore he probably would've stayed alive.
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