Essay on The Devil Of The White City By Erik Larson

1491 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
“I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing” (Larson 109.) In the book, The Devil in the White City, Burnham, an architect, is having many different struggles in building the World’s Fair by opening day, but after the many struggles he ends up making the fair a dreamland. At the same time, Holmes, the first serial killer, is luring young women into his hotel and killing them without getting caught; however, when he does eventually get caught he considers himself with having the devil inside of him. In The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson effectively uses juxtaposition in characters, events, and setting to convey to his readers that when good is present evil is present as well.
Erik Larson uses juxtaposition between the two main characters, Daniel Hudson Burnham who represents good, and H. H. Holmes, who represents bad, to convey to his readers how good and evil are always present with one another. They were both very persuasive, successful, intelligent, determined, and well-known men; however, they were very different. For instance, Burnham wanted to create a fair that would be pleasing to not only Chicago but all of America; however, Holmes wanted to bring destruction by killing young women after they fall for him. These goals show just how juxtaposed Burnham and Holmes were. Burnham was one of the best architects in Chicago who wanted nothing but the best for this fair. Larson…

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