Analysis Of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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In the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote explores aspects of Perry Smiths and Richard Hickocks childhoods that may have affected their psychology and lead to the 1959 Clutter family murder. The fact that Truman Capote included these memories and old letters from their past was to show that he thought it played a part in the greater problem although he does not directly say that. He gives the reader the choice to decide for themselves, whether they think the awful childhoods of the main characters were the reasons they thought it was acceptable to murder a family in their own home in cold blood, or weather it was completely and fully their choice to commit this crime. From the way the writer describes Smiths past, it gives the reader the impression of a difficult childhood. His family had abandoned him and gave him away to nuns, who mistreated him and gave him scarring memories. “What she used to do, shed fill a tub with ice cold water, put me in it, and hold me under until I was blue.” He uses the diction ice cold instead of just saying cold for a greater effect. “Hold me under until I was blue.” Makes the reader feel like they are experiencing this rough treatment and torturous deprivation of oxygen first hand. The word blue has connotations of sadness or depression, which is how Truman Capote often portrays Perry Smith. The nuns’ effect on him plays a huge role in the way the murder is played out. On the way to the Clutters home, they were planning on picking up some
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