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Tone: Eerie, suspenseful, and detail orientated - The whole entire story is eerie considering the setting and the type of symbols the narrator alludes too. They seem to pay attention to the setting's environment ( a forest) to enhance that eerie voice.
Word Choice: Creepy, eerie, dark, grotesque, mysterious, greed, and repent.
Imagery: " It was full of pits and quagmires, partly covered with weeds and mosses, where the green surface often betrayed the traveler into a gulf of black, smothering mud; there were also dark and stagnant pools, the abode of the tadpole, the bullfrog, and the water snake; where the trunks of pine and hemlocks lay half-drowned, half rotting, looking like alligators sleeping in the mire."
Style: The narrator uses a lot of dark symbolism to enhance the creepiness of the story, such as his wife's heart and liver. Also they tie in mystery when Tom leaves town with the strange man on the black horse.
Theme: The central theme in this story is greed because Tom exchanges his soul for money, when he first encounters the devil. Tom tries to reverse the deal, but he ends up falling short.
Relation to Puritan time period: At the time Puritans feared going into the forest, because it was the devil's territory and the land was evil. It is sort of like this story because the devil claims it to be his own land, and a lot of people feared going into the forest as well. Both Tom and the Puritans try to compensate for their sins, but they both fall short at times.
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