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Monica has no swag
Transcript of Monica has no swag
The author's purpose is to inform and entertain. He provides information on the construction of the Chicago Fair and the occurrences revolving around it. He also wants to show the contrast in human nature between good and evil,and he achieves his goals in an entertaining, suspenseful manner.
The intended audience is adults and young adults who enjoy reading about historical events. It's a broad audience, because the author interlocks two separate stories of architecture and crime. The informational and suspenseful parts are both told in a fiction-like way. Therefore, the book has many elements that hook on multiple people rather than a specific group.
Strategy 1- Symbols
Fire, which occurs during the fair and is also used by Holmes for his murders, symbolizes evil and destruction throughout the story
The Ferris Wheel succeeded in surpassing the Eiffel Tower of the Paris fair; therefore, it symbolizes achievement and success, since it was the highlight of the fair
Blue eyes symbolize the contrast in human nature; both Burnham and Holmes have blue eyes. Women are drawn in by Holmes' blue eyes because they make him seem genuine, which allows him to carry out his murders, showing that outside appearances can be misleading
Strategy 2-Juxtaposition of Parallel Plots
Larson includes multiple plots in his novel to emphasize contrast
Plot 1: Holmes and his gruesome murders in Chicago.
Plot 2: Building the White City and the events that surround the fair, which centers around Burnham
Larson juxtaposes the two plots, showing the roles in society of the two sides of human nature, good and evil
The characters of Burnham and Holmes act as foils of each other
The Holmes plot creates a dark and cryptic tone due to numerous rhetorical questions, dramatic irony, intense characterization, and heavy forshadowing
The Burnham plot has a hopeful yet melancholy tone, due to various disasters and psychologically impaired characters.
Crime in big cities
"That something magical had occurred in that summer of the world's fair was beyond doubt, but darkness too had touched the fair. Scores of workers had been hurt or killed in building the dream, their families consigned to poverty. Fire had killed fifteen more, and an assassin had transformed the closing ceremony from what was to have been the century's greatest celebration into a vast funeral. Worse had occurred too, although these revelations emerged only slowly. A murderer had moved among the beautiful things Burnham had created. Young women drawn to Chicago by the fair and by the prospect of living on their own had disappeared, last seen at the killer's block-long mansion, a parody of everything architects held dear." (Larson 5-6)
About the Author
The idea of the world fair was introduced when America wanted to surpass the "amazing" world fair in France.
Many cities fought for the fair to be held in their city, and two of the main cities were New York and Chicago.
The two main architects were Daniel Hudson Burnham and John Root, but Root had died so Burnham continued the construction.
Apart from Burnham and Root, another essential character was H.H. Holmes a.k.a Herman Webster Mudgett and the Devil. He was a doctor that studied at U of M and loved to read Edgar Allan Poe stories; he was messed up in the head. He was a young piercing blue eyed charismatic man that all the ladies loved.
After killing people, Holmes would sell their skeletons for research, and he was afraid it would happen to him after he died.
Walt Disney helped build the fair ("White City").
Ever since the creation of this fair, every other fair has had a Ferris Wheel and a midway.
Erik Larson is a bestselling non-fiction author who has written many books, including "Isaac's Storm" and "In the Garden of Beasts". He was a journalist who didn't know much about Chicago until he started writing the book. Larson was awarded the Edgar Award for the best fact crime for The Devil in the White City in 2004. He felt that Chicago had a sense of place. He fell in love with the city, its people and, above all, the lake, where its mood shifts readily. He wanted to write about the juxtaposition between pride and unfathomed evil as well as powerful insights into the nature of men and their ambitions.
Devil in the White City
By: Monica Alluri, Ingrid Fan, Hareena Kaur and Soumeeka Koneru
H.H. Holmes a.k.a Herman Webster Mudgett
Daniel Hudson Burnham
Historically, urban areas have been the center of criminal activity
Statistics on crime rates of metropolitan areas include murders, rapes, burglary, auto theft, and aggressive assaults.
Chicago has one of the highest murder rates, and Detroit is rated the most unsafe big city in the country
Nationally, crime rate has decreased, despite the bad economy and increased unemployment
However, individual cities are experiencing increases in rates of some crimes, such as aggravated assaults
Crime in big cities
Law enforcement officials are working to lower crime rates
Gun control is something that officials are looking to implement to combat this problem
Statistics from private agencies and the FBI help local law enforcement determine specific crimes and areas on which they should focus next year, and this has helped decrease crime rates
People are advised to avoid situations that can escalate to violence, and, as the book proves, be careful and not judge people and places based on what they seem