COMPARISON; The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving and "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet

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Throughout American Literature, similarities can be found in works by various authors. "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving and "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet, illustrate the correspondence of litereary elements, marvelously. These two renowned compositions share such correspondences as theme, outcome, as well as their main characters.

Washington Irving and Stephen Vincent Benet have both composed works of literature that greatly relate to one another. A theme exists in both tales that in essence informs the reader, that a man is only as good as his word. The devil upheld his end of the accord in "The Devil and Tom Walker" as well as in "The Devil and Daniel Webster." The works also shared similar outcomes, such as the devil came to collect a soul of one of the characters, ghosts of the main character manifests, and some form of life after death is implied.

While the main characters, Tom Walker and Daniel Webster, were different in some aspects, they were very similar as were the situations in which they were entangled. For example, neither is intimidated or afraid to argue with the devil, both aspire to defeat the evil spirit, and both Walker and Webster are timorous when they discover that satin stood by his claim to collect one's soul. The two compositions have very different words, however the content of both, is very much alike.

Many similarities can be found in works by American authors. "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving and "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Vincent Benet, demonstrate the correspondence of literary elements, brilliantly. These two prominent stories share such similarities as theme, outcome, as well as their main characters. The parallels in both...



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