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hemphillpebbles | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM via web

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What character traits are represented by Tom Walker? Why do you think Mrs. Walker met with such a nasty end?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 20, 2008 at 11:05 PM (Answer #1)

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There is nothing endearing in Tom Walker. He is cheap and gruff. He has no love for anyone-especially not his wife. Although, this is not a surprise, being that she is as unlikable as he is. The only thing that Tom Walker loves is money and angering his wife. He does not feel compassion, respect, restraint, or forgiveness.

His supposed religious awakening comes about only to prove to the Devil that he has changed-not by a spiritual awakening. He does not treat the church members any better than his wife.

His wife's death accomplished a the progression of the story line. First, because she wanted him to accept the deal, he did not take it. He enjoyed angering her. The plot was moved forward by giving her a nasty end. Had she not tried to make a deal herself and been killed for it, Tom Walker might never had taken the deal. It also shows the complete lack of emotion in him, as he does not feel anything when confronted with the gruesomeness of his wife's death.

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