The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • Theme- Live a righteous life, and you will be greatly rewarded, but live a dishonest life and you will be grealty punished
  • Characterization- Tom Walker is the protagonist and the devil and his wife are the antagonists. These are all flat charcters since we only know a little of each of their personalities.
  • Point of View- The story is told in 3rd person objective, for the author only tells what is seen and heard, such as, "It was late in the dusk of evening that Tom Walker reached the old fort" (Irving)
  • Conflict- For the protagonist, Tom Walker, there is an external conflict of Human vs Human. First with his wife where, "his face sometimes showed signs that their conflicts were not confined to words"(Irving). The other conflict was the deal he made with the devil which was resolved when " The black man whisked him like a child astride the horse and away he galloped" (Irving)
  • Romanticism 1: Imagination- Irving's story was a genius adaptation to the saying "The Devil and Tom Walker". His imagination created a story that taught an important lesson for people, to live a rightous life or else...
  • Romanticism 2: Looking to the past for wisdom- Although the story may be fiction, it ends with the words, "the story has resolved itself into a proverb, and is the origin of that popular saying, prevalent throughout NewEngland, of 'The Devil and Tom Walker.'"(Irving). This sheds light on what wise statement means and where it came from.
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