The devil says he will show Tom where some gold is hidden. On one side of this inlet is a beautiful What does the narrator reveal about Mrs. Walker's thoughts and feelings? CLIMAX Tom Walker is approached by the devil to make a deal with him. Tom Walker: greed and hypocrisy. Finally, readers do not have to believe that Tom Walker actually deals with the devil; they can simply believe that the legend says it happened. The rotted trees in the forest: the moral decay of society. The story begins with an introduction. — Wesley, Owl Eyes Editor Washington Irving wanted to establish a uniquely American style of literature, so he set "The Devil and Tom Walker" near Boston in the New England area. Mrs. Walker's reaction to the devil's offer is that Tom should do it. Tom Walker’s Wife “A miserly woman”, “a tall termagant”, “fierce of temper”, “loud of tongue”, and “strong arm” Old Scratch . Tom Walker and his wife are greedy, unpleasant people who fight constantly. It portrays a scene from Irving's Tales of a Traveler (1824), in which Tom Walker, who was "not a man to be troubled with any fears," encounters the Devil while on an evening outing. In return, Tom has to give his soul to the devil. The Devil And Tom Walker From The Money-diggers Washington Irving (1783-1859) A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp or morass. Tom Walker, and his wife are described as miserly and bitter towards each others. When Tom and the Devil made a deal, what suggestion did the Devil first have for Tom's use of the money. Romanticism was an artistic movement in the 19th century that promoted individuality, emotion, love and nature. Mrs. Walker is a person who just wants all the treasure for herself and is a very greedy. "The Devil and Tom Walker" is an example of romanticism in American literature. The Devil ( Old Scratch): temptation. background The story of Tom Walker is a variation on the legend of Faust, a 16th-century magician and astrologer who was said to have sold his soul to the devil for wisdom, money, and power. The couple even goes as far as hiding money from each other. Washington Irving reinvented the tale, setting it in the 1720s in an area of New England settled by Quakers and Puritans. What does this description reveal about the Devil? Romanticism within literature stretched the inner feelings of characters and challenged them to change their pasts. The Devil and Tom Walker belongs to this curious group of works. When Tom and the devil made a deal, what suggestion did the devil first have for Tom’s use of the money? Tom Walker “A meager, miserly fellow,” Dislikes his wife . Once day, Tom meets the devil in a swamp. Explain what the devil looks like. 5. The devil offers him Pirate Kidd's treasure which is buried nearby. He constantly frequents church and keeps a great folio Bible on his accounting desk, and a small one in his pocket, both of which he constantly reads. In Irving’s comic In summary, Irving's story 'The Devil and Tom Walker' is a moral tale warning its readers against greed and corruption. The Bible buried under mortgage papers: greed and moral decay. They only care about money and possessions. The shortcut through the swamp: “shortcuts” to wealth. Once Tom becomes successful and grows older, he begins to regret the bargain he had made with the devil. Tom goes home and tells his wife what the devil said. It shows that he is completely fearless and scary. The devil, goes by many names, “a shock of coarse black hair, that stood out from his head in all directions” What does this suggest about Irving in real life and the current events? How does Tom’s refusal of this venture represent what was happening in the country at the time? It also shows that he is in fact the bad guy of the story. 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