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In Washington Irvings short story The Devil and Tom Walker the author depicts the main character as a very stereotypical character with little individuality Toms actions are easily predicted and his eventual downfall is used to illustrate the storys moral Tom Walker is a very typical one-dimensional character He is purely evil with not a bit of goodness From the very beginning of the story the reader is shown that he is a lying cheating conniving miser who cares for no one not even his own wife but himself He does his best to cheat his wife out of money and things that should be common property in a marriage When his wife disappears presumably she has been killed by the Devil he is not concerned in the least for her well-being Instead he joyfully snatches her apron down from a tree supposing it to contain the household valuables When Tom opens the apron and finds a heart and liver he is not horrified as most people would be if they discovered that their spouse had been slain rather he is saddened that his property is lost and overjoyed that the Devil has done him the favor of getting rid of his wife Only the most purely evil person would feel this way Tom Walkers actions are predictable because hes a simple-minded greedy man Hes very one-dimensional he represents the greed that inherent to human nature but he is totally consumed by it The reader can assume that because Tom is so greedy he will eventually sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for riches--and so he does Also because this type of story man meets devil man sells his soul to devil man suffers dire consequences in the end is quite typical it is easy to predict the ending of the story it seems that the Devil takes Tom to hell The moral of The Devil and Tom Walker is
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