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  • The Devil in the White City takes place in Chicago, surrounding the building of the 1893 World's Fair between the years 1890-1895.
  •  Hi, my name is Daniel Burnham. I am a talented and well-skilled architect living in Chicago. I am currently building the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and with my expertise, I know I can succeed in outshining the Eiffel Tower.
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  • Hi! My name is  Daniel Burnham, a talented and well-skilled Chicago architect who is currently building the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.  Despite my lack of education, I am determined to outshine the Eiffel Tower!
  • Hello. My name is H.H. Holmes. I am a pharmacist and psychopathic doctor from New Hampshire. I recently moved to Chicago a few years ago when I heard there was a fair being built. I opened my own pharmacy coincidentally next to the World's Fair, which later became a hotel...for personal reasons. 
  • Hi. I am H.H. Holmes' alter ego. I guess he forgot to mention why we are in a jumpsuit!. That hotel we opened was actually a disposal for our victims bodies. After committing more and more crimes, we were caught by Frank Geyer for insurance fraud.
  • The main conflict in this novel is the fight between evil and good. Daniel Burnham built the fair with good intentions. However, H.H. Holmes had an evil intention to make easy money from fraud. This book draws a thin line between good and evil.
  • The climax in this novel is when we discovered that H.H. Holmes killed his partner's(Pitezel) three children. This led to Detective Frank Geyer being put on thE case. Although he had investigated many of the same sort of cases, this one was very unusual. The reason H.H. Holmes was put in jail was not for being a serial killer, but that he had committed insurance fraud. 
  • Because this book consists of two main story lines, I think the author encourages the readers to look at each main character in comparison. I think that this theme of border line insanity in both men help the reader understand that not only H.H. Holmes obviously has insane desires, but as the reader wouldn't expect, so does Burnham. As his plans of building a city in two years is impossible he dedicates his work into doing the same thing over and over again. So the author makes us think, Is our everyday lives not far from H.H. Holmes?
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