This quote by Capote illustrates his technique of engaging his readers by creating a fertile ground in which a story can grow. Just as a farmer manipulates the field to ensure crops grow, Capote similarly manipulates the mind of the reader. He gathers information and compiles it to present a story to the readers and then allows the reader to interpret the novel. Although some argue that In Cold Blood is simply a factual recounting of the brutal murders of the Clutter family, in reality the novel is a compilation of the varying perceptions of those involved—Capote, the towns people, law enforcement, and the reader. Despite the fact that history repeats itself, cultural influences are always changing thus causing the murder to be interpreted in many different ways based on the reader’s background.
Narration…show more content… He had previously published other books but had wanted “to write a true account of an actual murder case”(NY Times). While reading the New York Times, he said he came across the murders of the Clutter family- an unexceptional family comprised of Herb and Bonnie Clutter and their two teenaged children. Pursuing his interest in writing a true account murder novel, he traveled to Kansas to gather information about the Clutters’ murders through a series of interviews with various townspeople, their closest friends, the authorities, and information from local newspapers. While there, the two murderers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith , were caught, and Capote was able to include interviews that he had done with them as