The Devil and Tom Walker Essay

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Topic: Looking at today’s world, how can lessons from the story be applied to our society? Do we have similar situations and people we saw in the story? Are people as manipulated by material possessions as Tom was?

Many people are manipulated by money and material possessions. In their greed lies many lessons that can be applied to our society as well as many lessons to be learned from their lust for money and material goods. Our society is controlled by money. As well as the production of money is controlled by society, it’s a two way street.

The world that we live in is completely controlled by the ec onomies of each and every country. Not all, but many people get sucked into this thinking process that they must have a lot of money in order to be happy. Although money plays a big role in being happy, it is not the only thing that needs to be there to be completely happy. Some of the people that think a lot of money is the only way to happiness, and would do anything to get more of it, become so infatuated with the fact of getting it that it completely controls their lives and in the end they wind up with nothing, This is expressed in the story The Devil and Tom Walker through which Tom sold his soul to the devil to become amazingly wealthy but when he was taken by the devil his money was turned to chips and his house and mortgages he stole were burned. Even his horses were nothing but 2 skeletons in the ground.

Some of the lessons of The Devil and Tom Walker are not to be too greedy, to earn what you have the right way, when a person makes a decision they can not take it back, and if you are completely engrossed in the mindset of being wealthy you will miss out on the chance of being happy. Many of these lessons can be applied in our society today. Many people cheat other people to better themselves which means that the person that was the cheater was too greedy and did not earn what they got the right way. This is where the myth/ legend of karma...
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