Near this swamp, inlives a miserly fellow named Tom Walker and his wife, a woman as miserly as he. One day, cutting through the swamp, Tom comes across the remains of an old Indian fortification and discovers a skull with a tomahawk still buried in it. The man, wearing a red sash around his body, has a soot-stained face, which makes it appear as if he works in some fiery place.
Readers are told, however, that he is neither Indian Native American nor white.
The Devil and Tom Walker is the story of the two titular characters: the money-grubbing Tom Walker, a cheap and stingy “miser,” who lives with his equally greedy, but more abusive wife, and the Devil, who in this story takes the form of a lumberjack, chopping wood in a deep swamp near an old Indian fortress left over from King Phillip’s. Greed is one of the most important themes of "The Devil and Tom Walker." Tom is approached by Old Scratch and offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. Initially, Tom is so greedy that he declines because he would have to share the fortune with his wife. Page 1: Read a description of his retired us navy uncle the best uncle of all time The Devil And Tom Walker. first with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow I strongly an overview of the greedy characters in the devil and tom walker and the legend of sleepy hollow argue that Walkers characters are better represented an overview of personal wishes for.
He has deep red eyes, wears a red sash, and carries his axe on his shoulder. He is the one who tempts Tom Walker with the proposition of wealth and who ultimately condemns him to ride a horse through the swamp where they made their bargain. In the Faust legend, as retold by Johann Goethe from German folklore, the Devil also strikes a deal with a man who desires wealth.
As described by Geoffrey Crayon, he is eccentric and miserly. The only thing that initially prevents him from striking a deal with Old Scratch also known as the Devil is his loathing for his wife.
Walker states that he might have felt compelled to sell his soul to the Devil if it would not have pleased his wife so much. After confiding to his wife that Old Scratch would help him become rich beyond his wildest dreams, he decides against this partnership because Old Scratch wanted Tom to become a slave-trader.
After his wife disappears and he finds her liver and heart wrapped up in her apron, Tom gives in to Old Scratch and accepts a job not as a slave-trader, but as a usurer, someone who lends money at outrageous interest rates.
He becomes quite successful. He is still blunt, brusque, and unforgiving. His newfound wealth has not changed his basic attitudes, he still treats everyone with disrespect. When Old Scratch approaches Walker to collect on his own promise, Walker realizes that he must pay up and be responsible for his own promissory note.
Only then does Walker become pious and churchgoing to prove to the Devil that he has seen the light. Unfortunately, his religious conversion has not helped him one bit because he is critical of everyone in the church, quick to judge them, and refuses to see the error of his ways. But Walker has achieved his wealth through greed, and as a result he becomes a prisoner of his own doing.
The primary difference between the two tales, however, was that Walker craved only money, whereas Faust craved a number of things, including love. At the time Irving wrote the story he was living in Germany and had become enthralled with folktales of the region, particularly with the Faust legend.
She is as equally miserly as her husband, and they both plan ways to cheat each other.
She has a minor role in the story, but her death sets the action in motion. When she finds out that her husband has declined the offer from Old Scratch, she takes it upon herself to go into the forest and bargain on her own behalf. The only time Tom ever confides in his wife is when he tells her of the deal set forth by Old Scratch and how he turned it down.
Her greedy side overcomes her and they quarrel constantly about it.
When he finds her heart and liver wrapped up in her apron, he suddenly feels liberated and immediately goes off to bargain with the Devil. Her greedy ways helped aid Tom in his decision to go back and visit Old Scratch; however, this time he is going of his own free will. In a way, Mrs. Walker helped him to keep his distance from the Devil because of her constant nagging and his need to go against her wishes.
Initially, Tom is so greedy that he declines because he would have to share the fortune with his wife. Eventually, however, Tom is duped by the false kindness of Old Scratch and blinded by his own greed.What Happens in The Devil and Tom Walker?
Narrator Geoffrey Crayon relates a local legend about Captain Kidd, a pirate said to have buried treasure in a swamp near Boston.
One day, in , a. Washington Irving, one of early America's greatest storytellers, was the author of such beloved works as "Rip van Winkle" () and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" ().
Another of his short stories, "The Devil and Tom Walker," is not as well known, but it is definitely worth seeking out. Greed is one of the most important themes of "The Devil and Tom Walker." Tom is approached by Old Scratch and offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams.
Initially, Tom is so greedy that he declines because he would have to share the fortune with his wife. "The Devil and Tom Walker" first appeared in author Washington Irving's collection of short stories, Tales of a Traveller, in the "Money-Diggers" section.
Though it is still widely known, it is not quite as famous as some of his other works, including "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van. Although Irving was renowned in his lifetime for his historical and biographical works, it was through his short stories, the most famous being “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Devil and Tom Walker,” that he most strongly influenced American writing.
"The Devil and Tom Walker" may be a short story but quite a bit takes place in its few pages. The events—and the locations where they take place—really drive the overarching theme of the story: avarice and its consequences.