Washington Irving has taken a German narrative passed down from coevals to coevals. and brought it to American dirt by puting its scene during the late 1700’s in New England. “The Satan and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving contains many unrealistic events. stereotypes. and a few lessons and truths about life.
Throughout the folktale “The Devil and Tom Walker” there are many unrealistic events. Most are related to the bargaining between Tom and the Satan. This in itself is a highly unrealistic event. Not to connote that it is non possible to sale your psyche to the Satan. but run intoing him face to face in the signifier of a burned adult male is a extremely improbable event. Along with this embodiment of the devil Tom makes a trade about a line of work that would do him highly affluent. Wealth is non unrealistic. but going affluent within “A few yearss time”¦” ( 11 ) is non really likely even with today’s stock market system. Another improbable event is when Tom says “The Devil take me if I have made a farthing. ” ( 14 ) and the incarnate shows up at the door with a one manner Equus caballus drive to the fiery Gatess of Hell. These events. even though improbable. are cardinal to the folk tale.
Stereotypes are besides cardinal in folk tales. Washington Irving stereotypes Toms greed by indicating out the status of his farm animal and belongings. As if this is non adequate greed Irving goes on to state how Tom besides cheats the hapless out of their money. The character of Satan is besides a stereotype. The “Black mans” burnt ashy organic structure and the fact that he lives in the forests. which was in the New England country symbolic of immorality. magnifies his deplorable personality.
The propose of a folk tale is to non merely entertain but. give its readers a lesson to walk off with. There are two chief lessons in “The Devil and Tom Walker. ” The chief joke of the folk tale is what happens to people who are to greedy. Tom. who is so ungenerous that he won’t even feed his ain Equus caballus pays the monetary value at the terminal of the folk tale by traveling to hell. This besides leads to the 2nd lesson which is be careful what you ask for because you might acquire it. merely as Tom did when he asked for the Satan to take him and the “Black man” showed up at this door.
The unrealistic events. many stereotypes and lessons in the “Devil and Tom Walker” makes it a authoritative folk tale. Many things can be learned from a folk tale that can even use to our lives centuries subsequently. Remember ever feed your Equus caballus and don’t brand trades with the Devil.