The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • Tone - Ominous, Greedy, Gloomy, Fatalistic: The mood of the story is ominous because it has to deal with the devil, and it regards greed and Tom's fate. I chose these four words because they accurately describe the big idea of the story.
  • Word Choice - Avarice, Usurer, Ostentation, Parsimony, Rich, Mighty, Fate, Money, Truth I chose these words because they were within the text and were important in the story.
  • Imagery - "... beheld a bundle tied in a checked apron, and hanging in the branches of the tree, with a great vulture perched hard by ..." I chose this quote because it was a controversial part of the story and the narrator used imagery to his advantage to tell the reader what was happening.
  • Style - The narrator is omnipresent and very descriptive when it comes to the story. He uses a lot of imagery to get his point across and also gives a moral of the story. I think that his style is important because he constructed the story in such a way that the reader could understand.
  • Theme - Greed is the most important theme in this story. Tom Walker was offered money by the devil and he accepted, but because of that, he had to sell his soul to him. He will literally do anything for money, and the reader can figure that out. I chose greed because that is the most obvious theme. The narrator does a great job of getting information across to the reader.
  • Relating - I could definitely connect The Devil and Tom Walker with the theme from The Crucible. I think that the recurring theme here is religion and the devil. Tom sells his soul to the devil, and Abigail in The Crucible is considered a witch and "works" with the devil.
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