The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness in the Fair That Changed America Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Erik Larson
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare the city of Chicago before the fair to the city of Chicago after the fair. How did the fair affect the city in terms of the following:

1) Crime

2) Jobs

3) Tourism

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Larson use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main characters, examine the way Larson uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the characters in the book and examine his/her real life. How does Larson represent him/her in the novel? Is this...

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