The Devil and Tom Walker – Ambition
Washington Irving’s short story “The Devil and Tom Walker” is a classic American twist on the age-old theme of selling your soul to the devil. The conversation with Dr. Seuss about Ambition connects perfectly to a pre-reading class discussion of how ambition can get us into trouble if we lose sight of how ambitious actions may hurt others.
Level: Secondary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: American literature
Author: Jennifer Robertson