“The Devil and Tom Walker” : Themes
Greed Hypocrisy Moral Corruption
Tom is offered Tom refuses to Tom is presented
wealth beyond become a slave as an individual
his wildest trader on moral who has always
dreams. grounds, but has been morally
At first, Tom no problem corrupt. He is
doesn’t want to making a profit described as a
take the deal by impoverishing “meager, miserly
because he would others. fellow” and his
have to share his Tom is insists “house and
fortune with his that people keep inmates had
wife. to their end of the altogether a bad
Tom “was not a bargain with him, name”.
man to stick at yet he tries to get Tom engages in a
trifles when out of his with pact with the
money was in the devil. devil.
view”. Tom displays In acquiring great
As a money religious wealth, Tom feels
lender: “In hypocrisy, that the end
proportion to the because his heart justifies the
distress of the is not into his means.
applicant was the new belief in His conversion to
hardness of his God. religion is made
terms”. Tom denies that for the sake of his
When he he has made a own personal
becomes wealthy, penny from an interest rather
he refuses to “unlucky land- than his faith in
furnish his house speculator for God.
and properly feed whom he had
his horses. professed the
He denies his greatest
greed: “The devil friendship”.
take me if I have
made a farthing”.