Carroll "The Devil and Tom Walker" TWIST Analysis

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  • TONE
  • •Satirical •Ironic •Hypocritical
  • Desperate, gambling, dreaming, accumulated, vast, stinginess, boastful, vainglory, starved, groaned and screeched.
  • Word Choice
  • "He even set up a carriage...though he nearly starved the horses who drew it; and as the ungreased wheels groaned and screeched on the axletrees...you heard the souls of the poor debtors he was squeezing" (266).
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  • Theme
  • The consequences of greed and a lack of true repentance.
  • The theme of "The Devil and Tom Walker" is a stark contrast to the values that the Puritans upheld. The Puritans believed that pleasures were sinful and that you should spend all your time soul-searching and praying for forgiveness. In "The Devil and Tom Walker," Tom searches mainly for individual fame, glory, and riches. He revels in the treasure he thanks to the Devil. Speaking of which, speaking -let alone making a deal- with the Devil was considered absolutely wicked, and was shamed. Unlike in this story where until the end, life was all good for Tom.
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