Comparison Of the Devil and Tom Walker vs Masque of Red Death

May 8, 2020 by Essay Writer

The devil and tom walker  and Masque of Red death are similar because both of the stories have an evil undertone, both  have a life lesson of  Those with wealth ignoring those with less , and lastly they were both written in the romanticism era .The differences between the two stories are the approach of death, the setting of the stories and  the authors and their perspectives. 

  Both the stories The devil and tom walker and The masque of red death have evil undertones. In the devil and tom walker a good quote that shows an evil undertone is    Tom lost his patience and his piety.  the devil take me, and said he, if i have made a farthing!. In the masque of red death the quote  and now was acknowledged the presence of red death. He had come like a thief in the night is showing an evil undertone because it has been known that there is a dark presence there that no one noticed until that point. Another similarity in between the two stories are  those with wealth ignoring those with less in tom in the devil, toms wife gets so greedy she ignores her husbands wishes and goes to find the money  at length she determined to drive the bargain on her own account, and if she succeeded, to keep all the gain to herself.  In the masque of red death, the man in the mask is seen as less so the wealthy people don’t pay attention to what he is doing, they just want him out.  Who dares,”–he demanded hoarsely of the courtiers who stood near him–“who dares insult us with this blasphemous mockery? Seize him and unmask him–that we may know whom we have to hang, at sunrise, from the battlements!. The last similarity of The devil and Tom walker and masque of red death is they were both written in the romanticism era. the devil and tom walker was created in 1924 while the masque of red death was created in 1842. The romanticism era time period was from the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.

Despite the similarities these two stories also have many differences. one of the differences is the approach of death. one is sudden and unexpected while the other has an approach that was lead up to.  in the masque of red death there are many rooms that the people are taken into. the last room is a room of death. rushed hurriedly through the six chambers, while none followed him on account of a deadly terror that had seized upon all. In the devil and tom walker, tom encounters a man in the woods who claims he could give him all for his soul. Tom goes out to be Religious and turn his life around but at the end of the story ruins it all and was never seen again. Tom Walker never returned to foreclose the mortgage. A countryman, who lived on the border of the swamp, reported that in the height of the thunder-gust he had heard a great clattering of hoofs and a howling along the road, and running to the window caught sight of a figure. Another difference between these two stories are their settings. A few miles from Boston, in Massachusetts, there is a deep inlet winding several miles into the interior of the country from Charles Bay, and terminating in a thickly wooded swamp or morass in the devil and tom walker, tom and his wife didn’t have much. They were living in a low area out in the country  In the masque of red death the story takes place in a nice building filled with many extraordinary objects and wealthy people. The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time.  The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time.. the last difference between these two stories are the authors perspectives. in the masque of red death Edgar Allan poe’s perspective was more on the intense, suspense side. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal  the madness and the horror of blood.. in the devil and tom walker Washington Irving’s perspective was more of a lesson or just a simple story.

In conclusion these stories are both a good read with the similarities of  those with wealth ignore those with less, the romanticism era, evil undertones and with the differences of approach of death, the authors perspective and the settings of the stories

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