The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is a compelling book about the abundance of man power that the country abruptly constructed with the Chicago World Fair of 1893. The Chicago World Fair portrayed human ingenuity with electricity, and steel with the beginning works of the Ferris wheel that would create amusement parks that are known today. The Devil in the White City creates the vision that anything was possible in this time. Doctor Holmes plays a role as a villain in The Devil in the White City by creating a business that would create a heaping amount of debt that he is not willing to pay off and murdering many of the people he would become in contact with thus by further expressing the human ingenuity of success he had from his unwillingness
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The “A” again can stand for artist. However, for Chillingworth, it represents dark art. Dark art meaning black magic and/or devil worship. All of Chillingworth’s characteristics add up to his overall appearance. His cold intellect, old age and haunting figure make him seem even more demon-like.
The fair at this time was the greatest thing that could have happened to the United States; however, within the same Illinois borders, the worst was occurring. Chicago’s equally amazing story of murder, lies, and betrayal also became world-renowned and, as unlikely as it may have been, both stories took place simultaneously. The success of the fair parallel to Holmes’ own twisted success is ingeniously laid out by Larson and his excellent usage of rhetorical devices. Larson’s use of superb juxtaposition, hauntingly realistic imagery, and high-level language finalize the ironic nature of the darkness within the White
People always want to go the extra mile, and plan on things that people thought were impossible to do. The book Devil in the White City, written by Erik Larson, is about the making of the World’s Fair, and the making of a serial killer, H. H. Holmes. The book talks about how the World’s Fair was planned by architects such as: Daniel Burnham, Frederick Olmstead, and Louis Sullivan. It also talks about how Holmes ended up in Chicago and how he started his businesses and his killings. The theme in Devil in the White City is about persistence paying off in the end.
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12 Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers www.flavorwire.com When two amazing directors come together on a project you can expect something good but when those two are Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, you know you’re going to have something memorable. That’s exactly what happened with the 1994 cult classic Natural Born Killers. Now granted if Mallory Knox and her husband Mickey went on a shooting rampage down your street you probably wouldn’t be admiring them but ten minutes into the movie you’ll realize that even though she’s bad to the bone and has no regard for human life Mallory is one sexy and provocative character. The satirical crime drama follows the story of star-crossed lovers Mickey and Mallory Knox played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis, who become mass murderers who are glorified and almost revered by the media. While Harrelson also gave a killer performance as a stone cold murderer it was Lewis, with her lithe body and teeny outfits that caught (and held) everyone’s attention.
Erik Larson's iconic book The Devil in the White City relives the events leading up to the World's Fair of Chicago that occurred in the late 1800s. It is a novel of contrasts, as the title first evidenced. The Fair was known as the “White City”, as it was both literally white and a bright example of the magic America and the world could offer. In contrast with this image is the devil in the personality and nature of Holmes, committing horrible acts only a few blocks from the Fair. The question points out more contrasts.
Much like the Gilded age itself, a disguise for depression, despair, and poverty crafted with false elegance, the fair served as a mask for Chicago. It hid Chicago's dark secrets and flaws under the bright lights of wonderland. Through vivid descriptive language, Larson was able provide equal opposites, a city deep in distress, and its exquisite distraction, “In the end it is a story of the ineluctable conflict between good and evil. daylight and darkness, the white city and the black.”