The devil and tom walker
So in this entry I’ll be talking about the relationship found on the story the devil and to walker and the values of trustworthiness and being thankful.
Ok so before we begin to discuss the relationship of said values we first must comprehend what those values mean or what they stand for.
Trustworthiness. Is when something or someone is worthy of your trust
Thankfulness. is when you are grateful towards someone or something who did something for you
Now that we know what those values mean we can begin to make the connection between them and the characters and the actions said characters perform.
The Devil. So at first glance one may say that the devil does not show any values based on the sole assumption that since he is the devil he is not supposed to have any values. However, I differ upon closer inspection we can clearly see he displays a small hint of trustworthiness in the moment we see him made the offer to tom in the swamp we see that tom at first refuses the offer or at least doesn’t accepts it right away so the devil doesn’t pressure him on accepting he lets tom go having a small hint of trust that he will eventually return to the swamp and make the pact with him.
On the other had the devil doesn’t display any sign what so ever of being thankful towards no one and well why should he be he’s the devil after all we would he be thankful.
Tom’s wife. Tom’s wife out of all the characters is the one that displays the least values in the whole story she is definitely not trustworthy since she hides all of the valuable pottery and silverware away from toms reach so he may not take it and constantly argues with her husband even to the point ere their arguments reach the physical mistreatment of each other.
And about being thankful she never displays at any point any thankfulness at all she is definitely not thankful with her husband for standing her rude behavior or for maintaining her for so long and she is assuming they met is never clarified in the story she ids not thankful with the devil.
Tom walker. And last but certainly not least we have the main character Tom Walker himself now tom shows thankfulness towards the devil when he quote on quote kills or well gets rid of tom’s wife he is thankful to old scratch which is a nickname for the devil that he got rid of that burden for him, he is also thankful when the devil offers his pact and gives him the task of going to Boston and become a money lender which lends money at a high return rate only to bankrupts his costumers and tom goes along with this he is thankful with the devil because of all the money and riches he has given him although later on tom wasn’t thankful with him when he realizes that eventually the devil will come to demand his payment toms soul to be exact and at that point tom stops being thankful with the devil.
And now about trustworthiness we can clearly see tom walker is not trustworthy at all he cheats his costumers just to enrich himself that doesn’t seem a trustworthy guy in my opinion but the value of trustworthiness is displayed in the story in the sense that tom thought for a time that he could trust in the devil or well he thought that the devil was trustworthy because of all the riches he promised him this ultimately proved to be toms undoing.
That is the relationship I found on this story that relates to the values of trustworthiness and thankfulness over all the message the author wanted to send has to do with these values as well since I believe the message was that very few people in this world are trustworthy and we must be thankful for those who truly are worthy of our trust.