"The Devil and also Tom Walker"

byWashington Irving

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The faster way to Happiness, starring Alec Baldwin and also Jennifer Love Hewitt, is a modern version that Irving's famous brief story, "The Devil and Tom Walker."

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SETTING:"A couple of miles indigenous Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding number of miles right into the internal of the nation from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp, or morass. On one side of this inlet is a beautiful dark grove; on the opposite side the land rises abruptly native the water's edge, right into a high ridge top top which prosper a couple of scattered oaks of an excellent age and immense size."

TIME PERIOD: early on 1700's

POINT the VIEW:3rd person omniscient, the narrator knows all about all characters


Tom Walker:The protagonist of "The Devil and also Tom Walker." defined as "a meagre miserly fellow."

Tom's wife:"Tom's wife was a tall termagant, fierce of temper, loud of tongue, and strong of arm.

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Her voice was often heard in wordy warfare through her husband; and his challenge sometimes showed indications that their problems were no confined to words."

Old Scratch:"It is true, he was dressed in a rude, half Indian garb, and also had a red belt or sash swathed round his body, yet his face was neither black color nor copper colour, yet swarthy and also dingy and also begrimed through soot, as if he had actually been accustomed to toil among fires and forges. He had a shock of coarse black color hair, that stood the end from his head in every directions; and bore an axe on his shoulder."
Old Indian FortTom walker meets Old Scratch: "Tom lifted increase his eyes and beheld a an excellent black man..."Old Scratch provides Tom Walker great sums the money in exchange for "certain conditions."Tom's mam confronts Old Scratch.Tom walker agrees to the Old Scratch's "conditions"--with part obstinance.BostonTom Walker opens up a broker's office in Boston.

The Devil and also Tom walker - Emblems / Symbols:

The Indian Fort=cultural perspectives toward aboriginal Americans, because this is where "Indians" do sacrifices to the Devil, one deserve to infer that the native Americans were pertained to as savages.The adversary = evil, temptation, and also the road to hellThe Swamp = the shorcut full of "pits and quagmires," in other words this is a trapTrees=look great on the outside, however rotten at the coreChopped wood=ready to it is in burnedSkull=lack that respect for indigenous Americans (Tom kicked the skull for entertainment)The pedestrian House=miserly ways lead to unkept house that is unwelcoming,and doing not have warmth, prefer Tom and his wifeBible (buried under mortgage papers)=shows Tom's absence of spiritualityMoney-turned-to-chips=worthlessness that unearned moneyDescriptions the Tom's wife=lack the respect because that women and marriage