Similarities Between The Devil And Tom Walker

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Everyone imagines how a deal with the Devil will play out in their head at least once in their life. In several short stories, it is very noticeable the way the authors put little twists into their story as they describe their own version of how a deal with the Devil would play out. Through the use of imagery in Stephen Vincent Benet’s “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker,” the authors show how the Devil takes in the men and changes them slowly, revealing the way people change. Stephen Vincent Benet is a very successful author in the Modernism Era. Modernism was a movement toward modifying traditional beliefs in accordance with modern ideas, especially in the Roman Catholic Church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, according to merriam-webster.com. Stephen Vincent Benet was born in …show more content…

This story is about a man, Jabez Stone, who was on the verge of losing his land, deciding to make a deal with the Devil to save himself before it was too late. The man did not trust the Devil at first but Jabez Stone eventually agrees to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven years of life within an almost endless amount of money to keep him as happy as he could possibly be. During the seven years that Jabez was given, he paid off his debts and began to help the community while in his free time, he befriended a well-known lawyer named Daniel Webster. When Jabez’s seven years was up, he went directly to Daniel Webster to beg and plead to see if he will defend him in court against the Devil. Daniel Webster accepted Jabez’s request after a while of contemplating it and defended him in court against the Devil. In the end, Daniel Webster was able to defend Jabez Stone in court and also make the Devil draw up a document,”promising never to bother Jabez stone nor his heirs or assigns nor any other New Hampshire man till doomsdayl…” (Benet

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