What character traits does tom walker represent in the devil and tom walker?
Tom represents greed and selfishness. While he is with his wife, he is hesistant to strike a deal with the Devil because he has to share it with his wife. As soon as his wife is gone, he's very anxious to find the Devil again simply to find a way to convince him to give the treasure away.
Also, by becoming a money lender at the end, he cheats people out of their money. His motivation for doing so is pure greed.
In Washington Irving's "The Devil and Tom Walker", Tom's wife attempts to extract a deal with the Devil by bringing him all of the silver in the Walker House. Things go very badly for Mrs. Walker and she is killed by the Devil. Tom, who never liked his wife, is happy she is gone and doesn't even trouble the Devil about the return of his belongings.
Tom sells his soul to the devil. Like in many stories the main character sells his soul for knowledge or power. In Tom's case, he sold his soul for money, THE SIGNIFICANCE IS THAT TOM "WALKER" WALKS THROUGH LIFE EASE SINCE THE DEVIL HELPED HIM. Another famous "Walker" is in Star Wars with Anikan Skywalker, who sold his soul to the dark side and walked through life as a sith lord..