Similarities Between The Devil And Tom Walker

688 Words3 Pages

Will Smith once said, “The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future.” In the stories “The Fall of The House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe (1839) and “The Devil & Tom Walker” by Washington Irving (1824) each author has their own style of writing, explaining/analyzing their literary devices. In Irving's story, Tom walker is greedy, and due to his greed, he faces demons internally. In Poe’s story, Roderick Usher deals with ghosts of all-consuming fear. Both Poe and Irving use mood to create suspense in their stories; however, Poe adds personification while Irving adds satire for his religious criticism. The element of mood was used in both Irving's and poes stories. In Irving's story, “The Devil and Tom Walker” he uses mood to develop the suspense of the story. When the story …show more content…

Poe states “upon the vacant eyelike windows-upon a few rank sedges- and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees- with an utter depression of soul”(paragraph 1) He uses personification to explain how the windows look like empty eyes, and the white trunks of dead trees have an utter depression of soul and this makes him depressed by the sight of the house Poe also uses personification when he states “to the wild improvisations of his speaking guitar” (Paragraph 15) this explains how the guitar was speaking like a human. In the story “The Devil and Tom Walker” Irving uses satire to explain the gothic mood of the story. “a hen could not cackle but she was on the alert to secure the new-laid egg.”(paragraph 2). Irving was showing that his wife was greedy and even when no money was coming she was waiting with her hands out. Irving also says “Tom now grew uneasy for her safety, especially as he found she had carried off in her apron the silver teapot and spoons, and every portable

Open Document