His skin was almost black and covered with ashes. Tom Walker The protagonist of this story, Tom Walker is a common man with miserly tendencies, living an unhappy life with his wife, who is just as miserly as he is. Determined to follow through on the deal herself, she takes all the valuables in their house as bribes for Old Scratch and sets off to find him. Readers might wonder why the devil didn't deal with Tom's wife, especially considering how she was just as greedy, if not more so, than Tom. This suggests that the narrator and Irving, the author thinks that literature should both morally instruct and entertain.
He had a shock of coarse black hair, that stood out from his head in all directions, and bore an ax on his shoulder. The narrator uses the description of the inlet and swamp to suggest the themes and establish the tone for the story: the seductions and dangers of the physical world, moral slipperiness and obscurity. He builds a luxurioushouse but refuses to spend money to furnish it properly. The two seal the deal. Give them a list of types of figurative language to find, and have them create a storyboard that depicts and explains the use of each literary element in the story! Tom Walker, and his wife are described as miserly and bitter towards each others.
While he has no scruples in selling himself to Old Scratch for the treasure, he does not wish to do so for his wife's sake. A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a of the events from a story. He had promised his soul to the Devil. The land jobber says that his family will be ruined, but Tom retorts that charity begins at home, that he must take care of himself during these hard times. Tom remembered that Mister Crowninshield was a very rich man. Tom arrives home to find a black, irremovable fingerprint burnt into his forehead.
Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures. Finally Tom decides he wants the treasure he was promised, and he sets out to find Old Scratch once again. His black hair stood up from his head. Such is the end of Tom Walker and his immorally acquired wealth. Tom looked at the tree on which he was sitting. She goes into the woods herself to take the deal and doesn't return.
After several trips to the fort in the woods,she becomes frustrated by the devil's unwillingness to appear toher. The older Tom grows, however, the more thoughtful he becomes, especially about the afterlife. . But this Tom adamantly refuses. Eventually, Tom wanders to the woods to find out what happened toher and discovers her apron hanging from a tree. But Tom had to agree to give the giant what he demanded. He said Tom could have these treasures.
Tom consoles himself for the loss of his property with the loss of his wife, feeling even grateful to Old Scratch. Even though Tom appears to not have any moral qualms about dealing with the devil out of greed, he refuses to engage in the slave trade. In this way, Irving satirizes those who turn to religion and make public shows of devotion while retaining their meanness of spirit. His boxes of gold and silver had nothing in them but small pieces of wood. There was the black giant, holding a black horse. As he turns up the soil, however, he strikes something hard with his staff: it turns out to be a human skull, with a rusty Indian axe buried deep in the bone.
Of course, the land jobber is complicit in his own difficulties: he also is too focused on getting and spending, the story suggests. In those years, one of the most famous men in the world was Captain William Kidd. Because Tom is excited about his wife's death, he takes the deal, only then becoming quite religious while also charging high rates of interest on the money that the devil has given him. Gentleman Geoffrey Crayon, a fictional character created by the author, narrates the tale. They are not popular with their neighbors, as they often fight.
However, he is open to usury andagrees to become an usurer to ac … quire his wealth. He consequently tries to meet up with the devil again, but without success for a time; the devil knows how to play his cards, after all. But this did not trouble him. Tom is drawn towards a black-cloaked figure and realizes, in horror, that he has left his Bibles at his desk. As he grows older, though, he worries that the bargain he made with Old Scratch will result in being damned in the afterlife, so he becomes a religious zealot, attending church and praying to get back in the good graces of God.
After spending the day in a distant part of the neighborhood, Tom Walker takes a shortcut back home through a swamp. The withering and devaluing of all of his assets could be an example of how the declining action fits the climax. After his first visit to the devil, Tom's wife informs him that Crowninshield has died. That the Indians worship Old Scratch is perhaps shocking though also consistent with the racist perception of Native Americans at the time the story was written. The two haggle for a while, and Old Scratch insists that if he is to give Tom the money, Tom must use it in service to the devil. Tom never tires of swindling people until he suddenly becomes fearful about the afterlife.