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The Devil in the White City

English 2A, Ms.Green

Celeste Drury

on 3 June 2013

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Transcript of The Devil in the White City

Rising Action
Burnham leads the construction of the World Fair
Holmes builds the World Fair Hotel
Trouble with building the fair (trouble with wokers, location etc.)
Problems with funding and getting Architects
How to “Out-Eiffel” Eiffel
Ferris Wheel was introduced
World Fair was Hotel Built
Holmes murdered many people The Devil in the White City Celeste, Tristan, Chance and Amy Background Info How it Works Plot Structure Unique Narrator Writing Style Historical Context purpose Audience About the Author Plot Synopsis Thesis Central Idea The Gist of it All The setting is in a 19th century Chicago
Two main characters are introduced (Daniel Burnham and H. H. Holmes)
Burnham is a failure student (Failed Harvard and Yale entrance exams) and dreams to be the best architect
Holmes got into college and pursued the medical field, but is broke
America is readying up for the Columbus World fair in Chicago
Burnham is commissioned to lead a design team and design the World fair
The World fair Architects are faced with a problem (How to “out-Eiffel” Eiffel’s Eiffel tower?). Suggestions are accepted
World Fair is being built and Gale Ferris Jr. suggested his "Wheel"
the fair has beaten the number of visitor’s the Paris exposition had = "Out-Eiffel" eiffel is a success!
Holmes led a criminal life (Commits insurance fraud)
Built the World Fair hotel to gather murder victims, skin off their cadavers and sell their skeeton to a meical school to gain a hefty profit
Got caught and was investigated for the killing of the Pitezel family
Detective Frank Geyer proved that Holmes has killed the Pitezel family and he discovered that he murdered 200 people total
Holmes confess that he committed the crime (Admitted that he feels that he is the devil himself)
Hanged and was buried with concrete coating to prevent someone from stealing his remains.
Burnham led America to greatness (Built the Columbus World Fair)
H.H.Holmes left a scar in the face of America because of his evil deeds Contrasts good and evil (World Fair vs. World Fair Hotel / Daniel Burnham vs. H.H. Holmes)
Nationalism/Patriotism (Columbian World Fair vs. Paris Exposition, "Out-Eiffel" Eiffel)
Success of Burnham and the downfall of Holmes
Fantasy world (Fair) compared to the real world (Chicago) Nobody can shun reality Erik Larson
He as born January on 3, 1954, in Brooklyn.
He wanted to be a cartoonist before he was an author.
In college, he studied Russian.
When he graduated, he got a degree in journalism .
He then married and now has a wife and three daughters. "this book is about the evanescence of life, and why some men choose to fill their brief allotment of time engaging in the impossible, other in the manufacture of sorrow."
"it is a story of the ineluctable conflict between good and evil, daylight and darkness, the White City and the Black"
as the readers, we are able to see this purpose throughout the parallelism that is present throughout the novel between Holmes and Burnham The audience for this book is intended for the people who live in their own fantasy, and refuse to recognize the corruption around them. Individuals are so focused on the "white city" that they forget about the "devil"
In the beginning of the novel, Larson leaves a note saying that the novel is "not a work of fiction" he also "beg(s) for forbearance" for all of the grotesque events that occur -Opened in May let to the end of October
-Known as the Colombian Exposition
-Held in Chicago to celebrate Christopher Columbus' arrival to America
-Fair was designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Olmstead
-The Ferris Wheel was crucial to the fair saving it from financial ruin
-Fair was going on during American unemployment and high financial crisis
America was experiencing much immigration, angering Unionists
Burnham wanted to build the fair to instill national pride with Chicago
Also the fair showed that Chicago is recovered from the Great Chicago Fire
-H.H. Holmes was one of America's first prominent serial killers of the time and much of his havoc occurred in Chicago
-Later the Chicago Fair was destroyed by arsonist
-The fair contributed to the creation of the beautiful city movement In the novel there are two focal narrators, Burnham and Holmes, while they are two very similar men in personality their different desires leads to two different tones which is present in each of their own chapters which gives the reader a shift in narration Citations Citations Cont'd Maranzani, Barbara. "7 Things You May Not Know About the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 01 May 2013. Web. 30 May 2013. Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. New York: Crown, 2003. Print. Symbolism Juxtaposition of Burnham and Holmes in the whole story
World Fair Hotel vs. Columbian World Fair Exposition
Setting: 19th century Chicago
Characters: Daniel Burnham and H.H. Holmes
Columbus World Fair in Chicago Climax
Ferris' Wheel was finalized
Columbian World Fair beats the visitor record of the Paris Exposition ("Out-Eiffel" Eiffel)
Holmes was convicted of killing the Pitezel Family Falling Action
Columbian World Fair reached its end
Many people were left unemployed
Mutinies led to the burning of the Fair (Which is what Burnham wanted)
Holmes confessed his crimes (killed 200 people total)
Holmes was hanged Importance of the novel Resolution
Columbian World Fair is one of the greatest achievement in American History
Holmes was remembered as America's first serial killers This book is important because it highlights a distinct comparison and contrast between two characters. Also the novel contains actual historical context having much symbolism. Many rhetorical devices such as irony, the main rhetorical device in the book also including many other writing techniques including . The Devil in White City also has morale being that Motivation can lead to good or bad. The Devil In The White City." Readinggroupguides.com. The Book Report Inc., July 2004. Web. 30 May 2013. Tiffany. "English." LearnHub. LearnHub, 2008. Web. 30 May 2013. <http://english.learnhub.com/lesson/4579-plot-structure>. Compare and Contrast Bearden, Miles. "The Devil in the White City." Prezi.com. Prezi Inc, 2013. Web. 30 May 2013. <http://prezi.com/7fkk22zdlf0w/the-devil-in-the-white-city/>. The "White City" to the "Black city"
Holmes to Burnham
The World Fair to The World Fair Hotel
Good to Evil
Kindness to Contempt The White City - Symbolizes the beacon of hope for the people of Chicago in their time of suffering
The Black city/The World Fair Hotel - Symbolizes the realities that the people of Chicago are trying to escape
The fact that Holmes is captured and Brunham is successful is symbolic of good winning over evil
The troubles that plague the building of the fair symbolizes the hardships that the people must overcome to achieve happiness Flashback - Burnham remembering the glorious days of the Fair (Goes back to the "paradise" he built)
Juxtaposition - Burnham and Holmes in the same novel.
Different P.O.V.'s - Shows how the various peoples are affected by the fair
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