The Devil in the White City

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The Devil in the White City

Simile- is a rhetorical figure expressing comparison or likeness that directly compares two objects through some connective word such as like or as

The World's Fair was magic and madness, all at the same time. This picture represents how lovely it was to see these new discoveries, and how horrifying it was to know that anyone can disappear at any time, and nobdy would know your gone.

The Devil in the White City

Erik Larson

The theme of Devil in the White City is evil and distorted

The World's Fair was built in Chicago in 1893. It was built by America's most prestige architects at that time. This attraction spawned America's first serial killer Dr. H.H Holmes.

Herman Webster Mudgett, widley know as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was America's first serial killer. He was kind and understanding, according to people he seduced. He can manipulate words in such a way, to make a person feel like they can trust him completely. He loved killing and tormenting people. Doctors eventually diagnosed him as a psychopath

"How easy it was to disappear: A thousand trains a day entered or left Chicago. Many of these trains brought young single women who had never seen a big city but now hoped to make one of the biggest and toughest their home." (Erik Larson, Page 11) This quote demonstrates how easy it was for H.H Holmes to kill women, considering there was no formal way of identification.


"He poured the chloroform into a bunched cloth. She gripped his hand more tightly, which he found singularly arousing. He held the cloth over her nose and mouth. Her eyes fluttered and rolled backward." (Erik Larson, Page 148) This quote shows how H.H. Holmes was so successful with seducing women. It shows his love for killing.

"The black city to the north lay steeped n smoke and garbage, but here in the white city of the fair visitors found clean public bathrooms, pure water, an ambulance service, electric streetlights, and a sewage-processing system that yeilded acres of manure for farmers. (Erik Larson Page 247) This quote talks about how the Fair, that lasted only six months, changed the whole city. People liked the attraction, and was sad to see it go.

"In the high buildings above, gas and electric lights bloomed in the dusk like moonflowers. (Erik Larson, Page 17) This simile is used in the book to put emphasis on the fact that big buildings are highly admired in the city,they add life and expression.


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