Tone in The Devil and Tom Walker
With the swamp setting and presence of the devil himself, this story has a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Irving’s fictional sketch uses a foreboding tone to not only create a moral warning for his readers but also to get them to believe in his story as if it were an actual legend.
Tone Examples in The Devil and Tom Walker:
The description of the inlet and swamp as well as the inclusion of the devil introduce the story's themes of moral corruption and greed while simultaneously helping establish a dark and mysterious tone for the story. The swamp is dark and dangerous, but it also has a seductive allure with the promise of wealth and hidden treasure.