Throughout “The Devil in the White City,” author Erik Larson uses contrasting descriptions to portray the sharp differences between the magnificence of the fair and the harsh and cruel reality of Chicago. The awe-ing descriptions of the fair and the dark interpretation of the streets of Chicago comments on the beautiful facade that the Gilded age produced. The temporary and shallow grandeur of the fair masked the poverty stricken city and gave a false sense of elegance to a city deep in despair. Larsons vivid descriptions of the beauty and elegance of the fair serves to reinforce the idea of its temporary masking of the city. He describes the fair as an art piece, a historian calling it, “no more the white city on the lake… it is dreamland.”
Literary elements include the setting, theme, and point of view. The setting takes place in London, in the month August of 1854. In paragraph one of the excerpt, the word scavengers are used to describe what the city is full of. The word should be easy to tell that these were poor times. One of the themes
Not only does the “terrible burden of destiny” (32) present as a standalone phrase with linguistic manipulation, but the phrase also contributes to Sandburg’s theme in which the worst and best of situations peacefully coexist. Surrounding the “terrible burden of destiny” is a “young man… Bragging and laughing” (32-36), a city with a “pulse” (36), and “the heart of the people” (37). Intertwining the vivid language of life with a dark “burden” exemplifies that the darkness of the city exists within the lightness of the city. Illustrating an animated city despite the “painted women” (7) and “gunm[e]n” (10) Sandburg shows the city “building, breaking, [and] rebuilding” (29) displaying action coinciding with destruction by necessity. Sandburg shows that growth comes as a result of death through the “rebuilding” of Chicago shortly after “breaking.”
This novel by Robert Louis Stevenson has a setting that has a very important feature. We find the character Dr. Jekyll who is used to represent good while Mr. Hyde in the novel representing evil. Technically, they are the same person, but they symbolize the good and the evil that is characteristic to us (Sorensen). The setting of the novel is in London, but relies heavily on Roberts 's knowledge of his own hometown. The evil of Hyde grows as the darkness of the setting becomes clearer as demonstrated in Hyde 's house in Soho and the lab in the back of Dr. Jekyll 's house as well as the fog that covers the streets.
In the novel, The Tale of Two Cities, written by Charles Dickens, the author uses the rhetorical device that is parallelism. Parallelism is the grammatical or rhetorical framing of words, phrases, sentences, or paragraphs to give structural similarity. “It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us” (Dickens 1). Another example of parallelism is in the novel The Things They Carried, “To generalize about war is like generalizing about peace. Almost everything is true.
In “The Pedestrian”, the author, Ray Bradbury, uses diction and very detailed imagery throughout the story to set the tone. Diction and imagery often coincide with one and other in this short story. One literary element that Bradbury used was diction. One example would be “They passed one house on one street a moment later, one house in an entire city of houses that were dark, but this one particular house had all of its electric lights brightly lit, every window a loud yellow illumination, square and warm in the cool darkness.” Bradbury’s word choice in that example helped the readers understand how out of the ordinary it was when only one house was lit.
The purpose of John Steinbeck’s passage is to demonstrate the decay of the inner city as the city expands and grows. Steinbeck illustrates his purpose through the use of various rhetorical devices. Steinbeck’s use of imagery helps him achieve his purpose. Throughout the passage, various descriptions of poverty-filled, dirty, and negative images help him show how the inner city is spiraling towards a much harsher, ill city as time goes on. Steinbeck displays his view of the inner city’s decay as he describes previous commercial properties: “...and small fringe businesses take the place of once flowering establishments.”
Decisions to Escape the Pipeline: Portrayal of the Urban Ghetto in Boyz n the Hood In different genres, from different perspectives, there is a definitive subset of city-bazed movies that are united around the theme of the urban environment as a determinant of personality. The stories of these movies center on thinking through the role the cities and sociological entities play in a life of a person (Mennel 23). In some cases, a protagonist may be in an angry conflict with a dark underbelly of the city, as in Taxi Driver (1974), in other he may be a comical embodiment of his surroundings, like Woody Allen in virtually all of his movies, including Anny Hall (1975).
For example, Oliver gets dragged "into a labyrinth of dark, narrow courts" (15.63), and Fagin "becomes involved" in "a maze of mean dirty streets which abound in that close and densely-populated quarter" (19.4).” “The village in the country where Oliver is so happy with Rose and Mrs. Maylie (Book Two, Chapters Nine and Ten) is the total opposite. The narrator suggests that the country can actually "cure" some of the bad effects of the city “Who can tell how scenes of peace and quietude sink into the minds of pain-worn dwellers in close and noisy places, and carry their own freshness deep into their jaded hearts?” (32.51)” The post-colonial perspective Oliver Twist’s text contains a lot of imagery and descriptions.
Rem Koolhaas, observes and begins his retroactive manifesto, a scripted chronology of the stages of Manhattanism, its changing’s and lasting legacies; especially the culture of congestion. Manhattans own metropolitan urbanism and revolutionary lifestyle. Through his optimistic narrative “Delirious New York” he documents the repeated elements and themes in New York’s development and decline that make it a theatre of progress and the capital of timeless crisis. This focuses in particular on the skyscraper as a product of the physical manifestation of Manhattanism on the grid, along with the relationship between this density-focused architecture and the culture of congestion.
For example, the author describes how “The madhouse museum beauty of its strange corrugated-iron architecture, arranged on a series of tiers linked by winding flights of stairs and funiculars, is heightened by the contrast of diversely colored houses blending with the leaden blue of the bay.” This show the interest they had during their adventure and which led them to move from one city to another. The two quotes above, allow to understand the story and to understand why Ernesto and his friend did this long travel. Their vocation to travel and their curiosity to discover the world were the motivation of their
A City of Prospering Light always shines through darkness, and that is just what the Chicago World’s Fair did during the 19th century. Regardless of mishaps and bleak points, such as the unfortunate successes of H.H. Holmes, the astronomical amount of positivity given to the world for years to come outweighed all of the negative points by far at the fair, also referred to as the Columbian Exposition. Inventions and architectural phenomena are delved into throughout the novelistic style non-fiction book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Larson took a bold approach and intertwined many storylines and lives of people throughout the construction and ongoing of the exposition. By doing so, he gave readers a unique insight into all of
In the article titled “Urban Exploration as History” by DCINRUINS it describes the importance of our disused, abandoned, and decaying structures in the Washington, DC metro area. The writers states, the difference between decay and urban decay, that one, decay is a “natural order which lays bare the futility in man’s arrangements of steel, wood, and stone to build a fanciful roof over his head which celebrates his own glory, to manipulate his hostile environment in his own image.” While, urban decay is “the process by which the indoors becomes, in halting, dramatic steps, the outdoors.” The history of the ruins is a historical structure that can be seen as a remembrance of time that was disguised from the past and presents. For example, most
In Robert Stevenson’s book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde duality is a reoccurring theme. Stevenson shows his duality through the plot, setting, and character’s dialogue throughout the novel. William Shakespeare shares the theme of duality in his play Romeo and Juliet. The duality of society and the duality of good and evil are a couple of the dualities revealed. Robert Stevenson’s