The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

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  • The Devil and Tom Walker eNotes Reading Response Prompts

    In the opening paragraph, the author blends fact with fiction. Which details in the paragraph are factual? Which details are attributed to “old stories”? The story has some qualities of a folk tale, including stock characters— characters that are presented as stereotypes rather than developed as individuals. Explain how Tom’s wife fits the...

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  • The Devil and Tom Walker eNotes Teaching Guide

    This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of Washington Irving’s "The Devil and Tom Walker" before you begin teaching. As you guide your students through the text, they will explore themes surrounding moral corruption, societal issues, and Faustian legend.

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  • Devil and Tom Walker Themes Lesson Plan

    Theme of Moral Decay Revealed Through Motifs & Symbols:  This lesson plan focuses on Irving’s use of literary motifs and symbols in developing the story’s themes. Students will examine several motifs and symbols and interpret how they suggest moral decay in the characters and their society. In studying the motifs...

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