Satire in The Devil and Tom Walker
Irving uses satire to not only show that characters are morally backwards but also to add humor to the story. For example, Tom’s loveless, hostile marriage to his wife both satirizes the institution of marriage and provides humor in the despicable nature of both characters. In this way, the story becomes simultaneously morally educational and entertaining.
Satire Examples in The Devil and Tom Walker:
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"The good people of Boston shook their heads and shrugged their shoulders..." See in text (Text of the Story)
"Old Scratch must have had a tough time of it!"..." See in text (Text of the Story)
"He became, therefore, all of a sudden, a violent church-goer...." See in text (Text of the Story)