GHOST RIDER & TOM WALKERGHOST RIDER & TOM WALKER
The Heroes Journey
• Rider- Johnny Blaze is
doing stunts with his dad
at the carnival. They have
their own show everyday.
They come up with new
jumps and stunts.
• Tom Walker- Tom walker
and his wife are poverty
stricken and live in a run
down house in the woods.
Call to Adventure
Rider- Johnny's dad gets a deadly form of cancer and it has spread.
The doctor doesn't give him much time to live, and Johnny doesn't know
what to do or how to help. Johnny goes to work on the bikes then the
devil comes to the shop and talks to Johnny. Johnny signs a contract
with the devil allowing his dad to get rid of the cancer. In turn Johnny
gives up his soul.
Tom Walker- Whenever Tom is wandering through the woods and
comes across the black man, the Devil, who offers him treasure.
• The devil rids Johnny's dad of the
cancer; he wakes up and the cancer
is completely gone and he feels
better than ever. However,
Johnny's dad dies in a stunt
accident the next day. Johnny is
furious with the devil and just
starts to ride his bike to nowhere.
The devil meets up with him and
tells Johnny one day he will need
Johnny to do him a favor.
• Tom Walker- Tom refuses the
Devils offer of the wealth and
riches and returns home.
Refusal to the
• The Devil comes to Johnny
after he performs an amazing
and record breaking stunt. He
tells Johnny he needs him to
become the Ghost Rider and
get a sacred list before his son,
Blackheart, gets it.
• Tom Walker- After meeting
the Devil for the first time he
becomes his mentor.
• Rider- Johnny crosses the threshold when he first
transforms into the Ghost Rider. He then goes and hunts
out and demolishes any evil. He makes the villains feels
the pain and agony of their victims of the past. Finally he
consumes their soul and destroys them.
• Tom Walker- After denying the offer, Toms wife then
take matters into her hands and tries to make the offer
with Devil herself. After the wife goes missing then Tom
ventures out in the woods to go looking for her.
• Rider- Blackheart gathers three demons of different
elements: air, earth, and water. Blackheart sends them out
to fight Johnny and to get the list before he does.
• Tom Walker- After looking for his wife he finds her apron
covered in blood and knows she's dead. Tom, realizing he
has nothing left to lose, befriends the devil and excepts
• Johnny gets caught speeding on his
bike and police track him done
and he is thrown in prison. All the
evil makes the Rider come out and
he escapes as the Rider. He then
rides off to go find Slade, the old
Rider to get the list from him.
• Tom Walker- After reevaluating
his life he realizes the money
wasn't worth his soul and tries to
fake salvation in order to escape
• Johnny gets the list from Slade and also acquires
new weapons (shotgun). Meanwhile, Blackheart
has captured Roxanne, Johnny's girl and will
only return her safely if Johnny hands over the
list. Johnny and Slade then ride out to where
Blackheart is to give up the list.
• After realizing trading his soul wasn't worth the
money and temporary happiness. He tries to fake
his salvation and begins doing good works in
order to escape judgment. He begins to carry a
bible around in order to save himself.
• Johnny hands over the list to Blackheart and he
returns Roxanne to Johnny. Blackheart reads the
list and absorbs the souls and become even more
powerful. Then they begin to fight one another.
Johnny looks like he wasn't going to win but in
the end he uses the souls evil from the past
against Blackheart thus destroying him. So
Johnny defeats Blackheart and gets the girl.
• Tom Walker- Even though Tom regrets his
decision, he still lived a life of prosperity. He
built mansions and bought everything his heart
desired. Tom knew what it felt like to be
• The devil then comes to Johnny
after he kills Blackheart. Johnny
confronts the Devil and ends up
destroying him to for now.
Johnny keeps the Ghost Rider
• Tom walker- After realizing that
his efforts are pointless he goes
back to his normal life of chasing
money and always trying to
make more of it.
The Road Back
• Rider- Johnny keeps his Rider powers to
become a hero and to stop other evil and
return the souls to hell. He also gets
Roxanne back but it doesn't go over too
smoothly since he still transforms into
• Tom Walker- Once dealing with a man
about paying his rent, instead of being
forgiving and merciful, he demands for
the payment then, rather than allowing
him to pay it back later. Tom was
furious and yells for the Devil to come
and get him now.
• Rider- Johnny knowing the burden he holds can't stay where he is
now. He leaves the country so he won't hurt the ones he loves with
the power he has. He goes off to live by himself in an abandoned
• Tom Walker- Tom never returns home, instead he goes to Hell. He
got his reward on earth but now how to pay the ultimate sacrifice
for his decision of dealing with the Devil.
Ghost Rider Summary
• Johnny blaze is a young stuntman that
does stunts with his talented dad. They
have their own show at a carnival.
Johnny's dad gets cancer and has no idea
how to fix it. However he meets the devil
which allows Johnny to sign a contract
giving up his soul in turn for his father's
well-being. The devil heals Johnny's dad
but ends up killing him anyway. The
devil says he will need Johnny for a favor
one day. The devil comes to Johnny
years later and asks for him to become a
sort of demon bounty hunter. Johnny
has to obey since the devil has his soul.
Johnny becomes the feared, ancient
Ghost Rider. The devil needs Johnny to
stop his son from getting a list with a
thousand evil souls listed on it.
• Through all this Johnny meets up with
his girlfriend from his teens, Roxanne.
Johnny is trying to fight evil and his
powers while trying to have a
relationship with Roxanne. Johnny goes
to find the old rider but is overcome
with obstacles. Eventually he gets the list
from the old rider, but Blackheart has
captured Roxanne. Johnny must trade
the list for her. Blackheart and Johnny
battle, and Johnny comes out victorious.
Johnny then kills the devil and
maintains the the Rider powers so he
can continue to fight evil. He eventually
leaves the country however because he
doesn't want the powers to harm the
ones he love.
The Devil and Tom Walker
• Tom Walker is a poverty stricken man
who lives in a run down house in the
woods with his wife. Always wanting
more and wanting a better life, he finally
gets the opportunity when he's offered a
deal by the Devil. The Devil offered
treasure and wealth, but under one
condition, Tom sells his soul to him.
Tom refuses and goes back to tell his
wife everything that happened. His wife
was furious at him and, taking matters in
her own hands, went searching for the
Devil. The wife goes missing and once
Tom goes searching for her, all he finds
is his wife's bloody apron with her
insides in it.
Tom Walker Cont.
• Tom takes this as a sign he has nothing to lose
and excepts the Devils deal. He becomes an
usher for the Devil and deals with all of his
money. After living a long life of prosperity, he
realizes one day that it wasn't worth it. He
realizes money only brings temporary happiness
and isn't worth the price of his eternal soul. He
then tries to fake his salvation in order to escape
judgment. He begins to attend church and carry
his bible around in order to save him. Once he
realizes his efforts are useless, he gives up. At the
very end of the story he is dealing with a man
who's not paying rent, and instead of showing
mercy and forgiveness, he's strict and demands
for the payment then. When the man can't pay it
and ask for extra time, Tom walker screams for
the Devil to take him now. At Toms surprise, the
black horseman arrives at his house and drags
him down the street and eventually to Hell were
he will meet the Devil for the last time.
• Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider)- Johnny Blaze is the main
character of the movie. He has many goals throughout
the movie. At first his goal is to find a way to help cure
his dad from the deadly cancer that he had been
diagnosed with. The conflict that goes with this is that his
dad winds up dying in the end anyways the day after he
found a way to help save his dad. His next goal would be
about twenty years in the future. He is a well known stunt
man that travels around doing crazy, treacherous stunts
for large crowds. His goal is to land a jump that requires
him to jump a large number of helicopters. He
successfully lands the jump. Which causes him to meet
his old girl friend. He asks the girl, Roxanne, on a date.
The comes to him and needs Johhny to become the Rider
which causes him trouble with Roxanne. Johnny then is
told by the devil to go get a special list from the devil's
son, Blackheart. However, Blackheart sends out demons
to defeat Johnny. Johnny gets pulled over for speeding
and is sent to jail. He escapes to go accomplish his next
goal, which is to find Slade, which was the old Rider. He
finds him and gets the list. Meanwhile, Blackheart has
captured Roxanne and Johnny must go give the list to
Blackheart. Johnny wins the fight and Blackheart is
defeated. Johnny keeps the powers and stays the Rider.
Johnny's motivations for this whole story was just because
he wanted to save his dad from death.
Character Rider Cont.
Roxanne- Roxanne only goal was to have a relationship with
Johnny. The conflict stopping that was Blackheart and the
demons. Also Johnny's powers kept them from living a normal
life too. Roxanne's motivation for this was because she had strong
feelings for Johnny still
Devil- The devil's goal was to get the list back from the old Rider.
The conflict was Blackheart, his son, was also trying to get the list
too. Blackheart sent out demons to help him get it. Another goal
for the devil was to find a new Rider to help him get the list
before his son did. The Devil's motivation was because, he
wanted the list so he could have more power from the one
thousand souls in hell that it has listed on it.
Blackheart- Blackheart's one and only goal was to get the list
before anyone else could. His only problem was that his dad had
hired a new Ghost Rider to stop him and his minions from
getting the list. His motivation for trying to get the list was the
same as his dad's. He wanted the list because with it came great
power for anyone who had it.
When comparing the movie "Ghost Rider" to the short story
"The Devil and Tom Walker" the similarity that arose is an
individual who trades their soul to the Devil. The reasoning
behind the dealing with the Devil may be different but the
motive behind the individual is the same, self gain or self
sacrifice. Johnny Blaze trades his soul to the Devil in order to
save his father while Tom Walker simply does it out of the
desire for money. In both cases, both men trade something
eternal for something that only brings instant gratification.
• While Johnny saves his fathers life, he's going to die
eventually, which makes his dealing with Devil
pointless. He's trying to defy the inevitable, death,
by bringing him back to life, but this won't do
much because he's going to die in the end. Tom
Walker trades his souls to the Devil for money,
which only brings temporary satisfaction, but will
end in eternal life in Hell. He had an easy,
prosperous life on Earth, but will suffer the rest of
eternity in Hell.
While both individuals made dealings with the Devil, the decisions are quickly
regretted when they pay the consequences for there actions. Johnny Blaze
suffered serious consequences because of his actions and resulted in him
becoming the ghost rider. He was bound to a life of killing and solitude. He
goes on uncontrolled rampages that always end in death which, in turn, always
leads to regret. He lives a life of solitude and loneliness because of this
"sickness" and he can't get close to anyone without hurting them. That's why
in the end he runs away and tries to hide out. Likewise, while Tom Walker
might look like he has it all together, lives a life of solitude and regret as well.
While money can cause happiness, it's never real, and is short lived. So while
Tom had all the possessions and materialistic things of this world, it never
satisfied. Towards the end of his life he realizes that the money wasn't worth
his soul and does everything in his power to escape judgment. After realizing
those efforts are pointless he excepts his fate and lives the rest of his life while
it's still good. His ultimate punishment his eternal damnation in Hell and life
of agony and suffering.
• When comparing the motives behind both individuals, we see that the
root cause, or source of there actions are for two different reasons, one is
for self sacrifice and the other is self gratification. Johnny Blaze wanted
the luxury of having his father living on Earth for years to come and not
letting the sickness take his father from him. Johnny sacrificed his own
life in order to save his father. Johnny was willing to do anything to keep
him alive, even sell his soul. On the other hand, Tom Walker traded his
soul for money. Out of greed and self gratification he traded something
eternal for something that only brings instant gratification. After losing
his wife he feels he has nothing left to lose and makes the deal. Tom
thought money would bring him happiness and satisfaction and while it
did, it was short lived, and he realizes it wasn't worth it. He lost
something enteral, in hoping to gain something that can only go so far.
The prevalent or underlined theme through-out the short story
"The Devil and Tom Walker", by Washington Irving, is greed has
consequences. When greed has taken over it's easy to make rash
decisions without thinking through the situation and evaluating the
ultimate outcome. Greed is portrayed through the plot, images, and
Tom Walker's character though-out the short story. Tom Walker,
out of greed, sells his eternal soul to the Devil for the instant
gratification of money. He trades his soul, which is priceless, for
something with a set value, that is short-lived and never fulfilling.
Not only does Tom Walker loose his own life in the dealing of the
Devil, but also loses the life of his wife.
The source of an individual's greed usually springs from an individuals love, or lack of
something. Whether it's possessions, money, power, etc. it all revolves around the things
they love, or desire, the most. In Tom Walker's case, its wealth. From the very beginning
we see that Tom Walker and his wife are extremely poor and the root of their greed is a
desire of money, to fulfill not only their wants, but their needs. As soon as the "black man
told him of the great sums of money buried by Kidd the pirate" (232) greed begins to
develop inside him. But with greed, comes consequences, this is seen through the
disappearance of his wife. After Tom denies the Devil's offer the first time, his wife leaves
in order to make the deal herself. When she goes missing, Tom goes looking for her "He
leaped with joy; for he recognized his wife's apron... but a woeful sight! Found nothing but
a heart and liver tied up in it!" (234) This is the first real consequence we see once the greed
had taken hold of Tom's heart. Despite losing his wife, Tom continues to makes deal with
the Devil, being an usher, and dealing with his money. After living a long life of wealth
and prosperity we see its short lived, "In place of gold and silver his iron chest was filled
with chips and shavings; two skeletons lay in his stable instead of his half-starved horses,
and the very next day his great house took fire and was burned to the ground" (239)
Greed is exemplified through Tom Walkers actions, and the motives behind his
actions, a relentless desire for more. His behavior is a direct reflection of the greed
that dwells in his heart. Whenever he looses his wife, instead of mourning over his
lose, he wants to "get hold of the property.. And will endeavor to do without the
women"(234) When individuals are put to the test we see where their loyalty lies.
Tom's love lied in the desire of money, rather than the love of his wife. He valued
money over the relationships of this world. We see this when "He built himself, as
usual, a vast house, out of ostentatious; but left a greater part of it unfinished and
unfurnished, out of parsimony" (237) Tom, being single, built an ostentatious house
but is so frugal with his money, he doesn't even furnish the entire house. Even with
he vast amount of money he's accrued over his lifetime he's still cautious and very
sparing of his money, not willing to waste anything. Towards the end he realizes that
all his choices were in vain and out of greed. He tries to turn his life around, and give
it to the Lord, but it was already too late. The horseman awaited him outside and
was ready for him to pay his dues to the Devil.
The theme is revealed through the plot and overall lesson in the story. The story begins
with Tom Walker and his wife struggling to get by, always wanting more. When offered
the chance for an easy way out, Tom refuses to make the deal with the devil. Out of envy
and greed the wife takes matter in her own hands and tries to make the same deal with
the Devil, which results in her death. Tom eventually decides to make the deal with the
Devil, hoping to get rich quick. After many years of success and prosperity, Tom is at his
breaking point. He has everything he's every dreamed of, yet he still wasn't satisfied. The
greed that drove his life to drastic measures to get what he desired most had left him
empty. Tom then looks for guidance and repentance through something else, not of this
world, God. He starts reading the bible more and attending church for the soul reason of
saving his life. He feels that if he's good enough, the Devil will forget the dues he owes.
The problem is, once the individual is driven by greed, it takes you places you aren't
wanting to go. It takes you past the point of no return and most people's aren't willing to
work through it. Tom realizes, after it was too late, that money was not worth his soul.
Before he knew it the black horseman arrived at his door to drag him to Hell, for eternity.
A debt he wasn't expecting, or willing, to pay and it all started with the greed that Tom
possessed from the very beginning.
Greed, by definition, is an intense and selfish desire for
something. As stated before, there are many reasons greed can
enter and individuals life, whether that's possessions, money
power, or etc, it's all dependent upon the individuals love, or
desire, for something. Greed is portrayed throughout the short
story through the plot, images, and Tom Walkers overall
character. Tom suffers not only the lose of his wife when dealing
with the devil, but also his own. Therefore, greed has
consequences that most aren't willing to face whenever faced
with such adversity.
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