Hello,  In my research about the different representations of the Devil, I am mainly looking for three short stories in which the Devil is a main character. My first options are "Young Goodman...

Hello, 

In my research about the different representations of the Devil, I am mainly looking for three short stories in which the Devil is a main character. My first options are "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Devil and Tom Walker." However, I am still confused about my third choice. I wish if I could work on three short stories of the same era; Romanticism, but unfortunately I coudn't find three significant stories that deal with the Devil, yet, written in the Romantic era. If, thankfuly, anyone could help me please with the title of a story that deals with the devil, I'll be very thankful, or other stories that deal with the character of the Devil and written in the same era. Any suggestion would be deeply appreciated. 

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tjbrewer | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Dr. Faustus, in any of its forms would be a perfect way to round out the 3.  There's the original play The tragical Life and Death of Dr. Faustus, the Opera The Damnation of Dr. Faust, or the Opera Mephistofele.  If you want tragedies, you want the two former.  If you want a comedy (i.e. a happy ending) you want the latter.  All three are the same basic story, a man sells his soul to the devil for power or knowledge.  In the first two the devil wins, and gets the soul.  In the last, the man includes a proviso that allows him to escape at the last moment. 

The Devil by Guy de Maupassant, Taming the Devil by Chris Martin, and the Charlie Daniel's Band ballad "The Devil went Down to Georgia" are also options.  Though not from the Romantic Era, like the play and Operas, they still fit the description of a Short Story about the Devil. 

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