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Comparison and Contrast of Washington Irvings The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and The Devil and Tom Walker On character setting and conflicts compare evils of two stories through the actions of the Devil and Horseman Washington Irvings purpose for writing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Devil and Tom Walker was not merely tell tales of communities and their problems with outsiders or the uncommon but to enlighten his readers of a different type of character that becomes more relevant as time slowly marches on Washington Irvings similarities in these two stories settings characters and conflicts tend to hint upon the evil that begins to take over the world and American Literature He uses this evil to characterize his subjects surroundings and slanders Historical and unchanged by time the settings and communities of these stories and both have a controlling core of and evident evil The opening events of The Devil and Tom Walker take place in a treacherous forest where anyone but he Tom would have felt unwilling to linger in this lonely melancholy place and as he sat down he raked it out of the vegetable mold and saw a cloven skull with an Indian tomahawk buried deep in it lay before him It was a dreary memento of the fierce struggle that had taken place in the last footholds of the Indian wars and the mentioning of ceremonies and murders hint to non- Christian worshipping Irving Devil 352 Tom knowing the tales of the old Indian wars when it was asserted that the savages held incantations here and made sacrifices to the evil spirit surprisingly does not get frightened but able to rest himself from his long walk Irving Devil 352 The evil spirit mentioned obviously means Satan and symbolizes the form of malevolence that Irving uses to tell of the towns corruption The sequestered glen that has long been known by the name Sleepy Hollow is the location
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