Character Sketch Essay

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Character Sketch The Devil and Tom Walker Title The story "The Devil and Tom Walker" written by Washington Irving, published in 1824, consists of a protagonist named Tom Walker. The story dates in the year 1727, taking place in England, thus adding to the literary context to the story quite nicely. The story features a very ill mannered man named Tom Walker, tempted by the one very mythical creature, The Devil. The Devil represents a reflection of a side of Tom; an entity embedded within the simple soul that he is. The Devil also literally represents the gold of Kidd the Pirate. The Devil is basically Tom himself, an isomer of his original self: they look the same; they are the same person, but not necessarily. The Devil is a very powerful isomer of Tom, sort of like how in a old cartoon, a conflicted character may have the "Devil" on one shoulder, representing bad, and the Angel on the other, representing good. The Devil represents temptation, Tom's side of carelessness, Tom's desire for a luxurious work-free life, and his greed. The consultation with his Devil side came from the laziness reflected through his shortcut, "Like most short-cuts, it was an ill-chosen route. The swamp was thickly grown with great, gloomy pines and hemlocks, some of them ninety feet high, which made it dark at noonday and a retreat for all the owls of the neighborhood." (Irving 2). The fate of Tom Walker ultimately begins at the start; His action of a mere "shortcut" shows miniscule desire of a 'work-free' life. The shortcut was very swampy, as compared to his normal route, proved very dirty and unclean, adding on to the argument of his desire for a work free life, "it was full of pits and quagmires, partly covered with weeds and mosses" (Irving 2). The Devil informed Tom about the riches of Kidd the Pirate, which in a sense could be the Devil himself. One of the messages conveyed

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