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What are examples of strong imagery in the "The Devil and Tom Walker" and what mood...

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blewis217 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2008 at 6:19 AM via web

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What are examples of strong imagery in the "The Devil and Tom Walker" and what mood does this imagery create?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 13, 2008 at 7:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Actually, what's interesting is that the imagery and its purpose vary a fair amount. If you look at the first paragraph of the story, you see fairly realistic and straightforward description, almost a dignified travelogue. However, soon after that, the imagery becomes more vivid, makes more judgments, and creates almost a fairy tale feeling;

 

"…the woman could lay hands on she hid away: a hen could not cackle but she was on the alert to secure the new-laid egg. Her husband was continually prying about to detect her secret hoards…"Look at how physical that is, and how greedy. It's a world of intense emotion and moral judgment.

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