The basic theme of the Faust legends is that of a man striking a deal with the devil to gain unlimited pleasure and knowledge. The original legend implied that forsaking spiritual knowledge for that of worldly things was... More »

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"The Devil and Tom Walker," a short story by Washington Irving, tells of a man who sells his soul to the devil, known as Old Scratch, in exchange for great wealth. He becomes a usurer, swindling money from other people, ... More »

"It was a pleasure to burn," says main character Guy Montag to begin "Fahrenheit 451," the futuristic dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury. One of the most notable opening lines in literary history, this quote sets up the sto... More »

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"The Screwtape Letters" by C.S.Lewis is a religious satirical novel giving the devil's perspective of Christian life and topics. The story is in the format of letters from the devil Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, who... More »

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The climax of "The Devil and Tom Walker" takes place when the devil comes calling for Tom Walker's soul, pounding three times on the door after Tom makes the mistake of sarcastically summoning the devil during a conversa... More »

The romantic hero in the King Arthur legend is Lancelot, according to the Camelot Project. Some versions of the legend claim that King Arthur's wife Guinevere had a lengthy affair with Lancelot, her true love. More »

The legend of King Arthur is best summarized as the story of a young boy who pulls the sword Excalibur out of a stone and becomes the King of England. His idealism spawns the Knights of the Round Table, but his jealously... More »