Mid -November, 1959 in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas a family of four was brutally murdered in cold blood. The Clutter family represented the traditional all-American family, which consisted of a Kansas farmer, his wife and their two children. The innocent town of Holcomb was astonished when the news of the quadruple homicide struck. Truman Capote the author of In Cold Blood was adamant to reveal the truth surrounding the story of the murder. By writing this book from the perspective of the killers Truman Capote gave an insight into the minds of the killers, something not commonly experienced.
During the journey, Mattie is fourteen years old and she leaves behind her mother and younger siblings to avenge the unfair murder of her father by a man named Tom Chaney. This novel follows the hero 's journey by starting off with the “quester,” True Grit’s quester is Mattie Ross. The fourteen-year-old is off to avenge her father’s death heading to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Which leads to the “place to go,” Mattie heads to Fort Smith to confirm her
On January 30, 1933, one of the darkest time period in the world began, the Holocaust. About six millions lives were lost because of what they believed in and the death toll increased to about 28 million deaths, after WWII. Though there are numerous novels, on World War II and the Holocaust, through different perspectives, what makes Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief unique is it 's narrator and desperately hopeful tone. To begin with, unlike most novels, Markus Zusak chose Death as the narrator of his novel instead of a more common options like, the main character. When asked why, he said, “I thought, here 's a book set during war.
Growing up a Sociopath; Born a Psychopath In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a true story of a quadruple homicide in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas that greatly impacted the community in 1959. Capote begins his novel by introducing a prominent, well respected family in the community, the Clutters. The Clutters lived average everyday lives until they were abruptly ended at the mercy of a 12 gauge shotgun. The killers were two men unknown to the Clutters, who had two completely different backgrounds and personalities. By choosing to include details about each of the killers, Capote delineates the differences between psychopaths and sociopaths and suggests that the combination of the two personality disorders creates the environment for horrific
Zusak’s parents have had experience with the Nazis in their life, so Zusak had a primary source to go to for facts. Zusak’s novel is told from the perspective of a narrator called Death. Since Death is obviously not a real person, The Book Thief is a fictional piece of literature. Although Death is a fictional narrator, he does describe factual events that happened during the time of the Holocaust and World War II. Liesel, who is another fictional character, is the main character of the novel and she learns about historical events that occurred during the time period.
Wexford finds himself having to face up to his deepest emotions as he investigates the brutal killing of a socialite family while they were having dinner. Only Daisy the teenage granddaughter of popular writer Davina Flory survives the attack. Having never met her father, Wexford now protects the girl just like he does with Sheila his own daughter. The title of the novel is derived from the fact that Daisy’s father used to be an Arsenal Football Club Player, hence the nickname “Gunner”. Murder Being Once Done is a classic crime solving detective novel featuring the inimitable Chief Inspector Wexford.
In 1966, Truman Capote published the novel In Cold Blood that pierced the boundaries of literary genres, as he narrated the events of the 1959 Clutter family massacre in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas and the quest that took place afterwards through the perspectives both the murderers and those looking for them. As Capote bends these genre normalities, he ventures with the killers and the detectives and describes the murderers’ lives in-depth to further characterize Dick Hickock and Perry Smith--their psychological states and the possible contributing factors to their undeniable personality disorders. A mental health professional ultimately diagnoses the killers with mental illnesses rather than chronic personality disorders, an injustice still commonly made today in the psychology field, and determines them to have known right from wrong in terms of their crime. Throughout this novelistic journey, Capote explores the distinction between psychopathy and sociopathy, specifically the textbook lack of remorse and guilt, the mask antisocial individuals tend to display as their public persona via falsified charm and manipulation, and overall moral compass, or lack thereof, between the two. Furthermore, Capote dissects the psychological differences between individuals with antisocial tendencies present at birth versus those tendencies acquired through environmental factors.
Nineteen Minutes is Jodi Picoult’s staggering and heartbreaking story about the devastating aftermath of a small town tragedy. The story begins in the town of Sterling, New Hampshire, following the lives of the citizens on an ordinary day. That all changes when there is a shooting at Sterling High. Throughout the story, there are flashbacks to before and after the killings and the reader learns about the history of each of the characters, and how that has influenced their journey throughout the novel. We are shown the once close relationship between Josie and Peter, and also about Peter’s rocky home life where Peter is often outshined by his older brother whose death creates a rift that puts him even farther from his parents.
Then, after talking to Jem and Scout about how people’s views in Maycomb were changing for the better, Maudie Atkinson said, “...it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step” (289). The racism in Maycomb played a role in the Tom Robinson case with false views on race. It infected the minds of Maycomb citizens and brainwashed them into thinking that white people were superior to any person of color. This did result in Atticus losing the trial, but Maudie brought up that even though he lost, what he said definitely affected everyone
The kids that were hanged didn’t really understand why the were being hung because they do anything wrong. Also it was the fact they were related to them and they thought that their mom or father was teaching them witchcraft. The crucible was a tragedy because no one was safe and everyone was scared that the girls were going to point at them next and they would hang. The trials were unfair because if the denied witchcraft they were hung for saying that they weren’t and if they admitted they were put in jail and would confess their sins to the
In these paragraphs, Capote describes the haunted by anxiety of Dewey in investigating the murder of the Clutter family, and also his wife, Marie, who still obsessed to the death of her friend, Bonnie Clutter. Capote’s writing skill makes the audiences feel like the entire of Holcomb village still could not get over the tragic of the Clutter family yet. What I found significant and interesting about the last two paragraphs are how Capote end the chapter with Perry and Dick returning to the United States after their trip to Mexico. They continue looking for a new target, to rob and kill with no afraid or worry at all. Dick’s sumptuous smile and Perry sang his favorite song somehow makes the audience wonder.
Written by Tracy Letts in 2007, August: Osage County follows the demise of an extremely dysfunctional family as they reunite over the death of the patriarch, Beverly. Out of the multiple problems within this family, addiction plays the most prominent role in the characters’ identification and the structure of the family. In this research paper, I plan to analyze the effect that addiction has on the basic family unit and compare/contrast this to August: Osage County and the Weston family in order to determine whether the play would be an accurate representation or not.
The author handles suspense well, making the reader anticipate what will happen next. She spends a couple of chapters writing about the dilemma at the courthouse involving the colored men from The Bottom and The White League gradually leads up to the horrific Colfax massacre. The massacre is described in great detail. The reader is transported into the civil war era and can practically hear the gunshots being fired, can see the men being killed in cold blood leaving their lifeless bodies on the ground in the aftermath. When Israel Smith cheats death again after being brutally beaten and shot in the eye the reader doesn 't know if he will live or die.
A Christian pastor and his wife’s adopted son has been charged with murder after the couple was recently found dead in Alabama. On Thursday night, Pastor William Jeremy Hulsey, 43, and his wife Sandra Hulsey, 37, were shot dead inside their home in Hartselle. Priceville cops were called to the residence, and an investigation flagged their adoptive son as a person of interest in the crime, according to AL.com. Along with the dead bodies of the couple, a 9mm handgun was also found at the scene. The following morning, Andrew Kyle Hulsey, 23, was charged with capital murder in connection with his adoptive parents’ death.
I had chosen the book because what I had heard about it made it sound different from anything I had ever read or learned about before. I found the overwhelming presence of rape and prostitution very shocking because I had assumed that this book would be much more innocent, though I probably should have expected to read about young slave girls and even older women being mistreated by powerful men because of the way women were constantly objectified in the book. When Wang Lung and O-lan were starting out with their family, they had to deal with poverty when there was a bad crop season and so they moved down south to find a new life. Later, Wang Lung considers selling his daughter to a wealthy household so that he may move back home. However, he had purchsed O-lan from a similar household and inquired of her experience so he knew what it would be like for his daughter, should he choose to sell her.