In Chapter 3

In Chapter 3 - Chicago's Union Stockyards and Upton...

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In Chapter 3, the reader becomes more acquainted with Holmes, antagonist and a main  character in the novel. The author immediately creates distrust of Holmes by using  flashback into Holmes's mysterious and questionable past. Erik Larson characterizes  Holmes as a ladies' man and smooth-talker, a man whose looks and charm women find  irresistible. The reader, already knowing Holmes is a serial killer, recognizes that these  skills will likely serve the murderer well later in the novel when he uses his charms to  lure his victims. Larson uses allusions to help develop Holmes's character. Larson makes allusions to 
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Unformatted text preview: Chicago's Union Stockyards and Upton Sinclair's The Jungle . The Union Stockyards is the meatpacking district in Chicago during this time. To research his writing of The Jungle , Sinclair worked in Chicago at the stockyards. In The Jungle, Sinclair gives a gruesome account of the meatpacking industry as corrupt, unsanitary, and diseased. By alluding to the stockyards and to Sinclair's novel, Larson paints a similar mental picture of H.H. Holmes. These allusions also serve as foreshadowing for the horrific deaths Holmes's victims endure and the corruption he employs to serve his purposes....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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