The Devil And Tom Walker

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American Romanticism period began in England around the turn of the nineteenth century. A distrust for the city and civilization, love for the beauties of the natural landscape and, concern for individual freedom were a few views towards American Romantic literature. Romantic way of thinking was the imagination, spontaneity, individual freedoms, and nature are of greater value than reason, logic, planning, and cultivation. An outlook on American Romanticism is that God is found in nature and then how science is a “vulture whose wings are dull realities” Poe. In the American Romantic genre, supernatural elements and the love for beauty of natural landscape were shared to readers by Irving’s work. Readers of “The Devil and Tom Walker” find out that the devil arrives on horse after a thundergust appearing mysteriously. All of Tom’s money turns to cinder, both of these elements are supernatural and unlikely to happen. "About the year 1727, just at the time when earthquakes were prevalent in New England, and shook many tall sinners down upon their knees, there lived near this place a meagre miserly fellow of the name of Tom Walker." - Washington Irving Also in this story examples of love for beauty of the natural landscape include how…show more content…
“As he approached the village, he met a number of people, but none whom he knew, which somewhat surprised him, for he had thought himself acquainted with everyone in the country round.”-Rip Van Winkle Strange shaped creatures and sounds from playing bowling were also supernatural elements that occurred in the story. The “landscape was cloudless” as described in the story. Rip was able to sleep for two decades when he got lost, and fell
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