The Devil And Tom Walker Vs. The Devil And Daniel Webster

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"The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving had little relevance to "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Stephen Bebet. Both of the stories were about poor men who sold their sould to the devil.

The stories were alike in some ways. They were both about poor men who sold their sould to the devil. The devil was a large, secret man that had the contract signed in blood. The stories also shared similarities in the fact that both men were religious after the signing of the contract. the rest of the stories take completely different directions.

The stories grew in difference in the beginnings of the stories. Tom Walker never asked for help from the devil while Jabez Stone orally originated a trade with the devil for two cents. After the help of the devil Tom went off to become a wealthy conceited man with no human compassion and Jabez lived his life as humble as before.

Tom was carried away by the devil because his contract was over but Jabez was lucky in his efforts. Jabez was able to compromise with a trial with Daniel Webster as his lawyer. Jabez and Daniel won the trial and Jabez was able to live his life in content while Daniel was read his fortune and had the satisfaction that the won a trail against the devil himself.

Thest two stories were alike in very few ways, and different in many. "The Devil and Tom Walker" had a more abrupt ending with the death of Tom. "The Devil and Daniel Webster: had and unbelievably happy ending considering everyone ended up living even though someone signed their soul away to the devil. They were both moral stories to tell someone never to sell their soul to the devil, no matter how exquisite the life in mind may be.