What insights does The Devil in the White City offer?Larson writes, "The juxtaposition of pride and unfathomed evil struck me as offering powerful insights into the nature of men and thier...

What insights does The Devil in the White City offer?

Larson writes, "The juxtaposition of pride and unfathomed evil struck me as offering powerful insights into the nature of men and thier ambitions" p.393

What such insights does the book offer? What more recent stories of pride, ambition, and evil PARALLEl those described in The Devil in the White Cit.

Please give me some help...and opinions on this topic. THANKS!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't know of many modern-day stories which parallel the gruesome behaviors of Holmes.  On the other hand, there are plenty of modern-day stories which parallel Burnham.  Think of anyone who has created something people said could never be done.  How about building the Chunnel, the underground train system beneath the English Channel.  Or the tallest buidlings in the world (is it still the Sears Tower in Chicago or is it another building in Dubai--I'm not quite sure). Or even the technology guys who've made it possible to see someone across the world in real time.  Any artist or musician or creator of any kind who created what had never been done before.  People who have figured out how to feed the world's hungry, such as Norman Borlaug,  or people who have figured out how to keep diseases under control by creating vaccines and medicines.  Anyone who has achieved great things despite obstacles is an example of pride and ambition.

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zulka | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

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I don't know of many modern-day stories which parallel the gruesome behaviors of Holmes.  On the other hand, there are plenty of modern-day stories which parallel Burnham.  Think of anyone who has created something people said could never be done.  How about building the Chunnel, the underground train system beneath the English Channel.  Or the tallest buidlings in the world (is it still the Sears Tower in Chicago or is it another building in Dubai--I'm not quite sure). Or even the technology guys who've made it possible to see someone across the world in real time.  Any artist or musician or creator of any kind who created what had never been done before.  People who have figured out how to feed the world's hungry, such as Norman Borlaug,  or people who have figured out how to keep diseases under control by creating vaccines and medicines.  Anyone who has achieved great things despite obstacles is an example of pride and ambition.

but what  insights does the book offer?

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