Similarities Between The Devil And Tom Walker And The Fall Of The House Of Usher

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In “The Devil & Tom Walker” by Washington Irving (1824) and “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe (1839) similar styles and literary elements are used to scare the readers. They also use different literary elements to tell their stories. Poe uses personification in his story while Irving uses satire in his story. In “The Devil & Tom Walker” Irving uses foreshadowing, mood, and symbolism a lot to hint at what may happen in the future. An example of foreshadowing would be in the beginning of the story Kidd the pirate’s treasure is mentioned which would be the gold that Tom walker would be promised by the devil. “Under one of these gigantic trees, according to old stories, there was a great amount of treasure buried by Kidd the pirate.” Also the story has an all together dark and damp mood while also being comedic at times. …show more content…

The mood of the setting is the same throughout the story which is eerie and desolate but not comedic. There is no humor or light-heartedness throughout the story. At the beginning of the story the mood is set with the dead trees and bleak and vacant house. The mood also foreshadows the way that Usher feels because he knows that he and his sister are both going to die and wipe out the Usher family line.”But, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. I say insufferable; for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasurable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or

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