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The Devil has been the subject of many stories always represented as an evil being a cursed creature that preys on the souls of humans He is described in many different ways just like the many forms he takes in many stories Two famous stories that deal with this fearsome creature are The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving and The Man in the Black Suit by Stephen King Both suggest that the Devil always pursue the human weaknesses however Irving implies that the Devil only hunts the corrupted heart while King signifies the Devil also take interest in innocents In The Devil and Tom Walker Tom Walker is a corrupted and greedy man but he is just a poor farmer who could only desire for that power and money However one day the Devil appeared in front of him willing to give him all that he desires in exchange for his soul Tom with his already tainted soul agreed and lives a well lived life having everything he ever wanted through the most desecrate way possible Tom was the universal friend of the needy and he acted like a friend in needhowever He accumulated bonds and mortgages gradually squeezed his costumers closer and closer and sent them at length dry as a sponge from his door He made money by deception cheating people of lands destroying homes and taking over others hard earned land Yet towards the end of his life he still wishes to cleanse his sins by going to church admitting god and praying however this is once again due to his own selfishness Having secured the good things of this world he began to feel anxious about those of the next He thought with regret on the bargain he had made with his black friend and set his wits to work to cheat him out of the conditions After all that Tom has did he himself knew what would become
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