Analysis Of The Book ' The Devil And Tom Walker ' Essay

1167 Words Jan 29th, 2016 5 Pages
In the short story “The Devil and Tom Walker”, published in 1824 by Washington Irving, a conversion from an illustrative, descriptive tone to a revealing tone is a technique the author uses to give the reader an insight into the selfishness and greed of the character Tom Walker and his wife. Many literary elements are used in writings from this period in time and even writings from the present in order to convey a lesson, or moral, for the person reading to take away from the piece of literature. Washington Irving was one of these authors, and the use of literary elements are found in this particular short story. Dismal imagery, harsh irony, and ominous symbolism are all portrayed in this story in order to show how greed can lead to corruption and self-destruction. Tom and his wife’s greediness and immorality are what ultimately lead to their expiry.

Imagery is visually descriptive, or figurative language used in literature to give the reader a mental picture of the setting or situation that the character of the work is going through. In Irving’s story, he uses this element to further show the amounts of selfishness and heartless attitudes Tom and his wife put forth; it is shown through grim adjectives that add to the negative feelings; “They lived in a forlorn-looking house that stood alone and had an air of starvation. A few straggling savin trees, emblems of sterility, grew near it; no smoke ever curled from its chimney; no traveler stopped at its door.” (Irving,). This…

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