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The reader is allowed to suspend disbelief partly through the framing of the tale, which is recounted by the fictional narrator Geoffrey Crayon, who has heard it from an old Cape Cod whaler, who claims to have memorized it from a manuscript written by a neighbor.
Thus, the tale is several times removed from its source, with no one to vouch for its authenticity. The serious and the comic are juxtaposed. The characters are one-dimensional, stereotypical figures. Tom himself is not described in detail and is given such stock traits as greed and hypocrisy. The reader need not be concerned for the fate of either character.
Irving has a keen eye for the ironies and contradictions of human behavior. When Tom becomes wealthy, he ostentatiously equips a grand carriage but has it pulled by starving horses. He builds a large house but leaves it unfurnished out of miserliness. He exacts the harshest business terms on those least able to pay.
Throughout the tale, this irony exposes the vanity and meanness of those for whom material possessions become paramount."The Devil and Tom Walker" is a short story by Washington Irving that first appeared in his collection Tales of a Traveller, as part of the "Money-Diggers" section.
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving. . Comparison and Contrast of Washington Irving’s “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow” and “The Devil and Tom Walker”. On character, setting, and conflicts. compare evils of two stories through the actions of the Devil and Horseman. Nov 16, · The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (Collins Classics) Washington Irving.
1,37 € The Big Book of the Masters of Horror, Weird and Supernatural Short Stories: + authors and + stories in one volume. Cynthia Asquith. 1,99 € Sleppy Hollow - Rip van Winkle. In summary, Irving's story 'The Devil and Tom Walker' is a moral tale warning its readers against greed and corruption.
Irving illustrates this moral through the use of an allegory, where the characters, objects and plot represent more than simple elements of the story. 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.