The Devil and Tom Walker

The Devil And Tom Walker

Judging from the events of this story, what do you think Washington Irving (the author) might say about the effects of greed on society?


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This story focuses largely on a theme of greed and its negative effects. Tom Walker is known throughout the Charles Bay for his greed, and it is this greed that leads him to sell his soul to the devil in exchange for money. Tom's plight is meant to warn readers not to let greed blind them, for, as is the case in "The Devil and Tom Walker," it can have disastrous consequences.