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

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“I have a, shall we say, morbid personality.” Quoted by Novalo Takemoto, from “Missin’”. The previous quote shines light on the grim personalities of Tom Walker, derived from “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving; and Roderick Usher, referenced from “The Fall of the House of Usher”, by Edgar Allen Poe. Their personalities, while morbid, still differ greatly, Tom’s overwhelming greed contrasts with Usher’s saddening call for death, while twain present as ghoulish and grisly to install fear in their audience. Usher is persistently producing unsettling occurrences in the form of metaphors, meanwhile Tom is satirical, yet they both create true fear in the mood of their stories. In the reading, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Edgar Allen Poe uses many intricate metaphors to create a feeling of unsettlety. When the narrator speaks with his friend Roderick, he is told about the very fate of Roderick Usher, …show more content…

Whenever it is uncovered that Tom and his wife are not a great fit for each other, many of these issues are told directly, but in a satirical way, such as in the instance of greed between the two, “Whatever the [wife] could lay hands on, she hid away; a hen could not cackle but she was on the alert to secure the new-laid egg.” (pg. 2-2) Obviously, the wife is not able to sit there and wait for a new egg, but it is an expression as to how greedy she is. As for the husband though, he does not care for his abusive wife. When she plans to meet the “devil” Tom had spoken of, she takes the majority of their silverware and cookery, to which then he becomes wary when she does not return, as “[Tom] leaped with joy; for he recognized his wife’s apron and supposed it to contain the household valuables.” (pg. 6-33) Disclosing the fact the he does not care for his wife, rightfully so, one of his supposed grim

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