The Devil of Tom Walker and Th Essay

776 Words Oct 23rd, 1999 4 Pages
Despite the evidence that Washington Irving uses to show his love for America in his stories, he portrays some characters in the Devil and Tom Walker and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as greedy. Irving shows concern for America by placing stories in uniquely American moments. In this essay I will prove through passages and quotes from Irving’s stories that he shows his love for America in his stories and portrays some characters as greedy in the two stories. The historical settings of these stories is made apparent by the use of elements common to the revolutionary era. In The Devil and Tom Walker when Irving is describing the setting he gives an impression that it took place in America. In describing the setting he says, "It …show more content…
The main greed of the characters in both the stories is of wealth. It is apparent in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that Ichabod Crane cares more about food than Katrina. In the long descriptive passages of Ichabod’s daydreaming of the food he would get Irving writes, "In his devouring minds eye, he pictured to himself every roasting-pig running about with a pudding in his belly, and an apple in his mouth; the pigeons were snugly put to bed in a comfortable pie, and tucked in with a coverlet of crust;." And he goes on for a full paragraph daydreaming of the wonderful food he would get. Also while Ichabod is dreaming of his life if he were to marry Katrina he thought of all the wealth he could have. As the enraptured Ichabod fancied all this, and as he rolled his great green eyes over the fat meadow-lands, the rich fields of wheat, of rye, of buckwheat, and indian corn, and the orchards burthened with ruddy fruit which surrounded the warm tenement of Van Tassel, his heart yearned after the damsel who was to inherit these domains, and his imagination expanded with the idea, how the might be readily, turned into cash, and the money invested in immense tracts of wild lands, and shingle places in the wilderness. In The Devil and Tom Walker there is also a greed for money that Tom and his wife have. Tom had sold his soul to devil for the location of the buried treasure. Irving also writes, "All her

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