Despite the evidence that Washington Irving uses to show his love for America in his stories, he portrays some characters in the Devil and Tom Walker and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as greedy. Irving shows concern for America by placing stories in uniquely American moments. In this essay I will prove through passages and quotes from Irving’s stories that he shows his love for America in his stories and portrays some characters as
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and evidence that supports the assertion of Irving portraying some of his characters as greedy. In The Devil and Tom Walker Irving sets an American scene with a devil who speaks of slave trade and the salem witch trials. Both Tom and his wife reveal a greedy nature. Ichabod Crane cares more about food and wealth, then Katrina herself. The character descriptions as well as the settings used by Irving, bring the stories to life.