Comparison between The Devil and Daniel Webster and Faust

LR: The two characters Jabez Stone and Father Theophils start out with bad luck and I will compare these characters. These characters are similar because they both sell their soul to the devil. They both get what they want from the devil and do well. But they are worried and scared of what is to come. In the end both of them are absolved of their wrong doings.


JV: The Devil and Daniel Webster is a Faustian story containing three main characters: Jabez Stone, Daniel Webster, and scratch (the devil).  It starts out with Jabez and all his bad luck: his crops won’t grow; if a rock appears in his neighbor’s yard, a boulder shows up in his.  Then one day he was fed-up with it and yelled, “I vow it’s enough to make a man want to sell his soul to the devil. And I would do it for two cents!!!”  And he did; unveiling that this is a Faustian story. Then he has to escape his internal torture and surprise he does like many Faustian stories before – Theopholis and The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus to name two.



The Devil and Daniel Webster is Faustian story because of several key plot components. First the characters: not only is there the a living breathing devil, in this story the devil called scratch, but a person that is being made to follow the rules that the devil has sat before him. Jabez Stone is the protagonist in this story. He is “the man with the worst luck.” Jabez as a name is chosen in this story because of its meaning in the Bible as just an unlucky guy (1 Chronicles 4:9: And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.) Secondly, there is the hero; the hero in this story is Daniel Webster “the best lawyer that ever lived.” These three characters are the basis of any true Faustian story.



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