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Figurative Language In Devil In The White City

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In the novel The Devil in the White City written by Erik Larson, he entails there is a constant war between good and evil in Chicago 1893, each battle won is a life being made, or slaughtered “There are two wolves battling us all right now…. One’s good, the other is evil. If you’re wondering which wolf inside will succeed, simple, it’s the one that you feed…” by Ronnie Radke. Larson paints the white city’s atmosphere as preppy, educated, society that consists of architects like Daniel Burnham, while the black city portrays a bleak, poverty, society that consists of the serial killer H. H. Holmes. The reader experiences a journey between heaven and hell throughout the entirety of the novel, a dream-like euphoria in the white city, and the nightmare-like misery for the black. The difference between the two contradicting cities is so great that Larson switches the perspective of the serial killer, H. H. Holmes, and the genius architect, Daniel Burnham, throughout the book; painting this image to portray these differences in the white and black cities by using juxtaposition, figurative language, and imagery. H. H. Holmes travels into the white city, leaving the bleak city frozen in place, Larson uses figurative language to reveal how Holmes starts to convert the white city into a kingdom of his own by seeing beauty and grace in some of the most disturbing scenarios. The comparison of Julia’s (Holmes’ mistress) murder to a “ballet” explains that Holmes sees death as a type of
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