Cities Of Chicago Chapter Summaries

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BELIEF SYSTEMS 1. In Chicago there were many different ritualistic events and activities in which the people were involved, many of which thousands of people would gather just to hear about. “Two thousand people gathered on the sidewalk and street outside the offices of the Chicago Tribune…” The people were gathered to hear the news about the big fair that was coming up. This fair was deep in the hearts of the Chicago people, just as the superbowl is in the hearts of Americans in today’s world.

2. The community of Chicago was very close, and very outgoing in itself. “The wait was electric, for Chicago was a prideful place… So far the year had been a fine one. Chicago’s population had topped one million for the first time, making the city the second most populous nation after New York.” (pg 13) Chicago takes pride in everything about the city. From its population to its world famous fair, the city beams in the light of its pride, and failure is seen as a humiliating disgrace. …show more content…

“Beneath the gore and smoke and loam, this book is about the evanescence of life, and why some men choose to fill their brief allotment of time engaging the impossible, others in the manufacture of sorrow. In the end it is a story of the ineluctable conflict between good and evil, daylight and darkness, the White City and the Black.” (xi) This shows the contrast between the White City and the Black City. One, perfect, beautiful, magical, the other dark, filthy, evil. The two work together yet against each other in the battle to win over the hearts of the people who visit, and those who decide to stay

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