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What are three supernatural elements in The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving?
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The first supernatural element in the story would be the devil, himself. His image cannot be explained with any scientific accounts, and his presence conjures up the image of "the other side." Another supernatural element in the story is the climax. When Tom speaks to God, begging him to be spared, it is almost as if God was listening and his response was the devil's presence at the door. When Tom was picked up by the devil, it was in the dark knight, away from the perceptive eyes of others. This is supernatural, in that it retains a sense of mystery and the unknown. The ending of the story, when Tom's house is burned and his financial record are cinders also retains some element of the supernatural, something that cannot be explained or justified through rational thought. The element of the unexplained pervades the story.
Posted by akannan on July 21, 2009 at 5:17 AM (Answer #1)
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