The Devil in the White City by Erick Larson

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The pair of twins sat down in their homeroom class. One was gentle and charming, and the other was intelligent and had a great future in store. Being twins one would think they were very alike but secretly they were different. Sitting in homeroom no classmate would think that they were sitting next to a new definition of evil. In The Devil in the White City by Erick Larson, he decides to include different styles of ambition and appearance vs. reality to illustrate, that ambition can break one or make one and everything is not what it seems. Larson’s style is to add to irreverent stories together so that the two major protagonists highlight each other’s traits, one trait is their ambition. Both Holmes and Burnham are ambitious but in two different ways, which shows that ambition can make one or break one. How do they have different ambitions? Take their jobs as an example Burnham is an architect and Holmes is a doctor. When one has different jobs one strives for different things. Burnham in the novel strived for the Chicago’s World’s Exposition be more striking that the Exposition in Paris, as expressed by him saying, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die” (Larson 1). By him saying “no little plans” he is trying to explain that the Exposition could have no limits. His vision is to create a “White City” and was going to accomplished that no matter what. His great ambition was to surpass Paris and at the end he did but Holmes had different plans. Burnham thought that if he made a grand and huge exposition Chicago would always be remembered as a White City... ... middle of paper ... ...ut jobs for the people who created poverty because of the dearth of money. Many stressed and worried for their family’s well being resorted to violence to find ends meet. After the fair everything went back to its normal form the Black City which many did not know existed, too many Chicago will always be the White City created by the World’s Columbian Exposition. In The Devil in the White City, by Erick Larson the protagonist Holmes was shown as a new definition of evil. The twins were very different one became what nobody expected; he was going to become a mass murderer. He was known for being gentle and charming and he was the complete opposite being ironic because it’s not expected. The twin shows that ambition could make one or break one and everything is not what it seems. At the end both had different ambitions which led the two to different and separate paths.

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