An analysis of the movie and the short story the devil and daniel webster written by stephen vincent

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Scratch had with Stone the jury could find for the defendant, acting as a sort of local law-making body with the power to suspend the law in this case this can only be done for acquittals; convictions must be done strictly according to the law and the evidence.

Earlier, he states flatly "A man is not a piece of property. Scratch had told them that the soul meant nothing, and they believed him and lost their freedom.

The story is really more connected, thematically, to the Faust legend, in which a man makes a pact with the devil for some profit but suffers dire consequences for his act. Slavery[ edit ] In his speech, Webster denounces slavery.

Unfortunately, they were fooled like Jabez Stone, trapped in their desire to rebel against their fate, but what would they give to be given another chance? A great oratory debate soon followed between Scratch and Daniel Webster.

Daniel Webster was not only the governor, but an excelent orator. Homer tries to outsmart the Devil by not finishing the doughnut but eventually eats it and is sent to Hell.

Like so many folk legends, this one contains some exaggeration and several important lessons. Jabez had become state senator, married a wonderful woman, and had friends in high places.

Screen[ edit ] Two film adaptations have been made: Retrieved 24 September And the biggest case he argued never got written down in the books, for he argued it against the devil, nip and tuck and no holds barred. And, sure enough, next day, about suppertime, a soft-spoken, dark-dressed stranger drove up in a handsome buggy and asked for Jabez Stone.

It was a fierce debate, though it did remain civil. Webster, as an experienced lawyer, would know that; presumably Mr.

The Devil and Daniel Webster: Summary & Analysis

December Learn how and when to remove this template message In New HampshireJabez Stone James Craiga poor kindhearted farmer, is broke and plagued by bad luck, and, with the local money-lender, Miser Stevens, about to foreclose on his farm, he has reached the limit of his endurance.

Scratch tempts Jabez by magically revealing a hoard of Hessian gold coins, which appears from under the barn floor, and, unable to resist the lure of the gold, Jabez signs the contract. The narrator also expresses sympathy for King Philip when he tells us that one juror "heard the cry of his lost nation" in Webster's eloquent appeal.

He puts it away and then breaks the fourth wallmoving his gaze until he stops and looks straight ahead, giving the effect of singling out the viewer; Scratch then points directly at the viewer and smiles evilly as the film fades out.

Zero to the stand and tells him that he did not give Peter the ability to play the harp and that it was within Peter the whole time due to his love for the harp. But it did not last forever. Screen[ edit ] Two film adaptations have been made: He reminds the jury that Mr.

Scratch has burned into the tree outside the barn, but Scratch appears and again tempts Jabez, offering to extend his deal in return for the soul of his son. When Webster protests, Mr.

For example, in Job, the Devil approaches God, and God asks hiim what he has been up to, and the Devil replies that he has been going around and about in the world. Zero to the stand and tells him that he did not give Peter the ability to play the harp and that it was within Peter the whole time due to his love for the harp.

Jabez Stone is an unlucky New Hampshire farmer who, in a moment of frustration, sells his soul to the devil. Webster then grabs the stranger and twists his arm behind his back, "for he knew that once you bested anybody like Mr.

Webster states "If two New Hampshiremen aren't a match for the devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians. Webster then implores the jury to let Stone keep his soul, which, after all, does not belong to him alone, but to his family and country.

Treatment of the Indians[ edit ] The story may be seen as ambivalent on the treatment of the Native Americans.

The Devil and Daniel Webster Summary

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It’s a nice story, especially if you’re a history buff — in fact, you could almost classify this as an extreme version of historical fiction.

The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Devil and Daniel Webster: Summary & Analysis. The Devil and Daniel Webster: Stephen Vincent Benét was born in in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His education came from Yale University and the Sorbonne in. Paris, France. “The Devil and Daniel Webster” has a wide array of characters, each with a distinguished personality, yet an.

An analysis of the movie and the short story the devil and daniel webster written by stephen vincent
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