Washington Irving Essay Format

Washington Irving's short story The Devil and Tom Walker contains several specific elements that distinctly mark it as Romantic literature.

Identify any three such elements and write a five-paragraph essay which illustrates and defends the claim that this short story is, indeed, Romantic.

Use the following format:

Paragraph 1: Introduction with divided or unified thesis statement.

Paragraph 2: Identify one general characteristic of Romantic writing that is illustrated in the short story, then demonstrate that characteristic using textual support (paraphrase or quotation) of a specific element of the short story.

Paragraph 3: Do the same for a second, different characteristic of Romantic writing.

Paragraph 4: Do the same for a third, different characteristic of Romantic writing.

Paragraph 5: Summarize your main points and give a parting thought.