The Devil and Tom Walker

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  • Greed
  • " Tom brought him to business, and they began to haggle about the terms on which the former was to have the pirate's treasure," (Irving, 6).
  • Temptation
  • " The black man told him of great sums of money which had been buried by Kidd the pirate, under the oak trees... All these were under his command and protected by his power, so that none could find them but such as propitiated his favor," (Irving, 3).
  • Value
  • " Let us get hold of the property," said he, consolingly to himself, " and we will endeavor to do without the woman," (Irving, 5).
  • In the story The Devil and Tom Walker, Tom Walker wanted money and power. He thought that money was more important than anything and would bring him sucess.
  • Religion
  • " Tom shrunk back, but too late. He had left his little bible and the bottom of his coat pocket, and his big bible on the desk buried under the mortgage he was about to foreclose: never was sinner taken more unawares," ( Irving, 8)
  • Tom Walker was tempted by the Devil to become rich and successful.
  • The Axe
  • Tom Walker valued money and success more than his wife.
  • The Swamp
  • "One day that Tom Walker had been to a distant part of the neighborhood, he took what he considered a short cut homewards through the swamp. like most short cuts, it was an ill chosen route," (Irving, 1).
  • Once Tom Walker knew that going to hell with the Devil was inevitable; he became a religious man.
  • The axe symbolizes death because the black man carries it around with him to kill those who make deals or associate with him.
  • " He now looked round and found that most of the tall trees marked with the name of some great men of the colony, and all more or less scored by the axe," (Irving, 3).
  • The swamp symbolizes that not all shortcuts are the right way to go. Sometimes taking shortcuts can lead you the wrong way and not get you where you want to be.
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