The Devil in the White City good vs evil

793 WordsSep 22, 20144 Pages
Good Versus Evil The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson depicts that wherever there is good, there is evil as well. The note included by Larson, ¨Evils Imminent¨ depicts this: ¨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¨ (pg. xi). Larso shows this conflict of good and evil by comparing the two main characters, Daniel Burnham and Henry H. Holmes. Burnham is the head architect for the World Fair Exposition in Chicago circa 1893, taking on a daunting challenge. In contrast, Holmes is a sly psychopathic physician, who opens a hobbled together building to serve as a hotel for the…show more content…
They were both successful in creating a name for themselves; Burnham for his architecture success and Holmes as a psychopathic murderer, being tried and executed for nine to twenty four murders. Through Burnham and Holmes, Larson shows the ¨ineluctable conflict¨ between good and evil is neverending. The constant comparison between good and evil in The Devil in the White City shows the reader that the affiliation of evil with good is inevitable. In ¨Evils Imminent¨ Larson divulges that evil is everywhere. Although Holmes a murderer, and Burnham a world renowned architect, both share many qualities and passion in their profession. Their main difference is their reason for their drive, Burnham works for the greater good and Holmes working to fulfill his need to kill. Erik Larsen's main purpose in The Devil in the White City is to reveal the conflict between good and evil is inevitable through the comparison of Daniel Burnham, a lofty successful architect, and Henry H. Holmes, a greedy scheming
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