The author uses symbols to show the audience that wealth is nothing to be greedy about.
the Devil was a strong symbol throughout the whole story.
With word choice, imagery and tone, the writer develops a sad mood.
For example, When Irving describes Tom's house: "They lived in a forlorn looking house, that stood alone and had an air of starvation.
The antagonist in the story is described with a lonely mood.
The mood allows the reader to interject himself in the story.
This is ironic because even thiugh he had a lot of money, he did not complete his house.
He was that greedy, he did not even give money to thosr who would finish his house even if he has the money to do so.
A quote from the story that shows his greed is, (184) ¶ 2 “Finding Tom so squeamish on this point, he did not insist upon it, but proposed instead that he should turn usurer; the devil being extremely anxious for the increase of usurers, looking upon them as his peculiar Tom Walker is mean because he is always being rude to people including his wife.
Tom’s meaness is shown in this quote, “One would think that to meet with such a singular personage in this wild lonely place, would have shaken any man's nerves: but Tom was a hard-minded fellow, not easily daunted, and he had lived so long with a termagant wife, that he did not even fear the devil.” Another way this is made clear is in this quote, 188 ¶3 “He looked and beheld a bundle tied in a check apron and hanging in the branches of the tree; with a great vulture perched hard by, as if keeping watch upon it.