The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • Greed- Tom Walker's greed leads him to sell his soul in exchange for money. It's for readers not to let greed lead them and blind them. In the end it can have drastic consequences.
  • Values- Tom's values reflect on his valuing material wealth and his financial prosperity. Tom is more concerned with the loss of his property, than with the murder of his wife or Old Scratch. Tom values lie in the wrong place, so in the end he is punished for his choices.
  • Religion- Toward the end Tom believes he can make up for his sins by playing a dedicated Christian on the outside. Puritans for their intolerance in persecuting those who don't believe what they do.
  • Bargaining- Tom bargains with the Devil. Tom doesn't anticipate that the consequences of making deals with the Devil. He later on faces his life with the Devil. Tom's wife is not careful when she made the deal with the devil and she is murdered for it. When making deals be sure to understand the situation fully.
  • Manipulation- Old Scratch manipulates Tom by making him agree to his terms. A promise of enough wealth and riches to last him the rest of his life. Tom also manipulates all of his clients when it comes to business. In the story they don't realize that they've been manipulated till it's too late.
  • Good vs. Evil- The story suggests greed and hypocrisy are the root of evil. That makes Tom's fate clear that he should not go unpunished. However the story suggests that this fate is avoidable.
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