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    The Chicago World’s Fair occurred in 1893 to commemorate American history, specifically the landing of Christopher Columbus. This event had such a mass popularity that a book was written to commemorate the fair itself; it was titled, The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson. The portrayal of history in this novel is quite accurate when expressing the time period of the late nineteenth century in an elevated format, which allows the reader to draw comparisons of how the time mirrors the present

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    according to bestselling author Erik Larson. In his nearly legendary book, “the Devil in the White City,” the reader is led on a fantastical journey through the creation of a city of wonder and lights and through the horrors lurking behind closed doors. The vivid tales of two men – Daniel Burnham, a brilliant architect; and H. H. Holmes, a cunning serial killer – are subtly intertwined in the story of the White City. At least, that was what Erik Larson tried to present it as. Admittedly, Larson is

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    Tisaranni Humanities Summer Essay Erik Larson states, “The juxtaposition of pride and unfathomed evil struck [him] as offering powerful insights into the nature of men and their ambitions.” This quote relates to the premise of his book The Devil in the White City, which tells two different stories based around a central theme of the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. One tells of the adventures and horrors that came with being the important figures behind the production of something as great as the exposition

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    The nonfiction novel The Devil in the White City written by Erik Larson primarily takes place in Chicago between the years 1890-1893. This novel tells the story of Daniel Burnham, an architect in charge of building the Chicago World's Fair, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who uses the fair to lure his victims. This novel has two major story arcs, one revolves around Daniel Burnham and the other revolves around H.H. Holmes. Burnham's story explains how he strived to build the fair, Holmes' story

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    “The Devil in the White City” Analysis Essay (insert an attention grabber, such as a quote or question). In Erik Larson's “The Devil in the White City”, (a nonfiction novel that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair) that recreates the lives of two real men, Daniel Burnham, the architect who builds the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploits the fair to find his victims. Larson uses intense imagery, juxtaposition, and allusion

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    In the text of the novel, The Devil in the White City the statement “why some men choose to fill their brief allotment of time engaging the impossible, others in the manufacture of sorrow” (Larson xi) is evident. Some men choose to engage the impossible because life is short and if you don’t challenge yourself then what’s the point of living. The other side of the spectrum is the people who decide to be cynical throughout their life and feel that they won’t be able to do anything special because

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    In Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson utilizes the idea of a “devil” during a time of when Chicago was prospering to showcase the evil lurking behind the mirage of wealth and beauty. The speaker is a third person omniscient narrator who has known about Burnham and Holmes life Chicago in the late-nineteenth century. The audience is intended for readers who enjoy non-fiction thriller novels or wants to know about the historical event from different viewpoints. The purpose is to entertain the audience

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    The Devil in the White City Critique The beauty of cities is that a person can walk by another hundred people all different from the others. In Eric Larson’s book, The Devil in the White City, two individuals walk in Chicago at the same time. One is Daniel Burnham who is the overseer of the 1893 World’s Fair and the other is a charismatic serial killer named H. H. Holmes. Two opposites, the annihilator and the designer, never meet but both transform Chicago and the world forever. Larson builds suspense

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    Erik Larson’s 2002 novel titled, The Devil in the White City, spans the years of the famous Chicago’s World’s Fair. This book coincides with the issues of a serial killer by the name of H.H Holmes and the World Fair. The World’s Fair was sought out to help bring a marvelous feel the city of Chicago with the creation of buildings. In actuality, the buildings were only temporary. To take the picturesque feel away from something that was supposed to be a well remembered beauty, Larson brings in the

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    The Devil in the White City does not only tell an elaborating true story, but it tries to grab the reader to believe that they are actually living in 1893 during the Chicago World’s Fair trials and tribulations. To tell this story, Larson combines qualities of a nonfiction book and a generic novel to successfully craft a narrative built on historical facts, therefore developing distinct persons in the cases and elaborating on what their possible feelings were. The Devil in the White City is extended

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