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The Devil And Tom Walker And Romanticism

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Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker” includes great examples of Romanticism, such as symbols in nature having links to the supernatural, the importance of the inner nature, and the emphasis of the individual. In the story, Tom Walker is a selfish man who cares more about money than he does about anyone else, including his wife. One day, while he is walking through the woods, Tom Walker comes across the Devil, who makes a deal with him to exchange his soul for the treasure that is buried in those woods. Tom declines and returns back to his wife and tells her that he has passed on an opportunity that could bring them lots of money. Tom’s wife, outraged by his actions, decides to strike a deal of her own with the Devil and after several attempts, she never returns from the woods. The next time Tom goes to the woods he finds that his wife had been killed by the Devil. He finally agrees to make the deal with him, now that Tom doesn’t have to share anything with his wife. Tom ignores the Devil’s suggestion of becoming a slave-trader and becomes a moneylender instead. He gets wealthy by cheating people out of their money and charging them crazy interests. As he gets older, Tom begins to worry about the terms of his deal with the devil and suddenly becomes a passionate church goer and reads his Bible obsessively. In the end, this is still not enough to save him because one morning the devil comes calling and instantly whisks Tom away on a black horse in the midst of a thunderstorm to the Indian fort in the woods, never to be seen again .
One of the most important symbols of American Romanticism present in the story is nature’s link with the supernatural. There are several indications and circumstances where elements of nature are closely related to the supernatural. The first and most important supernatural event in the story is the devil himself. Since his image cannot be explained by any scientific accounts or evidence, his presence in the story brings up images and thoughts of what the underworld may be like. The way the setting is described also makes a good indication that something supernatural may happen. For...

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