Elements Of Romanticism In The Devil And Tom Walker

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The short story “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving was a story based on Gothic Romanticism. Gothic Romanticism is a story written with horror and death with a magistical suspense. The Devil and Tom Walker has many characteristic pertaining gothic romanticism. The setting is medieval in a way that relates to gothic romanticism. The setting of the story “The Devil and Tom Walker “is described as a thick wooded swamp where there is a deep inlet that has two sides to it. One side of this inlet is a beautiful dark grove. On the opposite side the land rises abruptly from the edge of the water , into a tall ridge on which grow a few scattered oaks of great age. Washingtons Irving , describes the setting as a dark, evil, and dim place, This basically shows Supernatrual because it shows how the place is related to evil by describing the place darkly like the place where evil things are occuring. This also shows that this setting takes it to the Dark Romanticism because the settings are obsessed with the idea of evil.. The woods represents a straying from the path of life, and when one strays they becomes prone to the influence of evil. Romantic literature frequently uses wilderness to foreshadow …show more content…

The mood in the story is very suspensful and horrific. The author Irving Washington , uses destinguished setting descriptions to create the perfect mood for his characters. The main setting the swamp, creates an overall mood by forming visual and sensory images. It triggering feelings with those images, and combines those feelings into the mood. For example Tom was stepping out into the woods fromand roots to ditches and afforded precarious footholds among deep sloughs. Tom skimmed through the woods like a cat along the prostrate trunks of trees. He was startled by the sudden screaming of the bittern. He heard the quacking of a wild ducks, rising on the wing from some solitary

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