The Devil In The White City Analysis

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The Devil in the White City, written by Erik Larson, it is a book about the events of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 that happened in Chicago. It was the perfect opportunity to display the strength of America to the world. Larson recreates the Fair with an thrilling tone, allowing us to experience its magnificence as the visitors would have in 1893. Larson describes the fair as "perfect", a "fairest dream", and "beautiful.” At the same time, Larson uses a somber tone in his descriptions of Holmes and his castle. He recreates the macabre, choosing to put emphasis on words like "possessed", "woefully and gruesomely.” It is quite an obvious contrast from his cheery descriptions of the White City. Larson uses compare and contrast and irony throughout the story White and Black city. The "White City" as the exposition became known as "revealed to its early visitors a vision of what a city could and ought to be" (247). The Fair not only secured America's place as a prevailing nation but it gave something to hold on to in a time of economic uncertainty. Many people saw the “White City” as an escape from their everyday lives that unknowingly seemed to be filled with darkness and terror. Using irony, Larson creates a feeling of absolute terror among his readers. When describing Holmes' murders, Larson utilizes a dark humorous tone that helps characterize Holmes other personality as a psychotic maniac. The very idea that Holmes actually enjoys the feeling of killing people is
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