In In Cold Blood, the issue over the death penalty is prominent. Did Perry and Dick deserve to die? Should the severity of one’s crime determine one’s fate? Although Truman Capote writes the novel in a straightforward, “from a distance” way, he conveys, through his characters, theme, and plot development, that the death penalty is an issue that should be looked at from all sides and that the legal system itself is the real issue at hand, and that the death penalty is used as a means to suppress the distress and indignation of the citizens surrounding the case, instead of suppressing the victim himself. It is clear that Truman Capote believes that the systematic execution of murderers is flawed, and that the legal system in which death-penalty bound convicts are tried is a skewed one.
Although Truman Capote attempts to illustrate the humanity in the murderers, Mr. Capote’s primary goal is to separate the two murderers’ characters; therefore, he claims, not all murders are equally as guilty. Mr. Capote humanizes the murderers, creating a sympathetic tone towards the killers. When the crime of murdering the Clutter family was committed, it did not just end the lives of the family, rather, Capote says that, “...four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives” (Capote 5). Through the use of a paradox, Capote demonstrates how the murderers are not shown as monsters, but rather humans. When investigated of finding out that six people end up dying, sympathy arouses.
In Cold Blood was banned for a short period of time in “Savanna, Georgia, after a parent complained about sex, violence, and profanity.”(In Cold Blood) This banning was later reversed by “Members of the community protested.” But this book was disturbing for people because “Capote gives us quite a lot of personal information and insight into the backgrounds of Hickock Cavazos 3 and Smith, which made them seem more "human" than they otherwise would have and In Cold Blood reminds us of the cruelty human beings are capable of inflicting on each other.“ (In Cold Blood) Overall truly Truman Capote open up a lot of eyes because at this time this tragedies didn’t happened as often so when this books comes out a lot of people were not used to this kind of stories. Banning this book was not the right thing to do even though it contains a very mature themes since because of this book people got more aware of the dangers of life. This book was really good because of the fact that Truman Capote throughout his writing he maintains the reader really focused and teach something without boring
I do not believe that many members of the community were even aware that he was working on a writing, and felt he was just a concerned citizen. Participants in the study were not subject to any physical harm, discomfort or psychological distress during the research. Towns people were grieving the loss of community members and openly spoke about what they knew to have happened, and shared their losses with Capote and Lee in a casual conversation format. Eventually, Capote does question Perry Smith about the night of the murders, and physical distress does come through in reliving what had happened. I do believe beneficence was withheld throughout the research phase of Capote’s writing.
In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote. 2001 New York, New York. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, ISBN: 9781588361653. Introduction Truman Capote, an American author, wrote his novel In Cold Blood as a non-fiction novel. He published it in 1966; it tells of the gruesome 1959 murders of four members of the Herbert Clutter family from Holcomb, KS.
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. There has been speculation from people that wish to take In Cold Blood off the shelves of libraries because they do not feel it is appropriate. In
Later, he started to write nonfiction novels in which he combined fact and fiction. In Cold Blood, which describes the mysterious murder of four members of a Kansas family, The Clutters, was the most known and best seller nonfiction novel. At the beginning, it started out as an article for The New Yorker, then it was published in January 1966 in book form. In order to write this masterpiece, Capote carries out a lot of research to find out detailed information about the murder. He also takes materials from official records, and he interviews citizens, friends, and family of the Clutters and the investigators working to solve the crime.
An article from L.A. Times written by Megan O'Neil discusses the pros and cons of teaching the book in schools. The author interviewed a teacher who supported high schoolers reading the book and she had only positive things to say about the novel, "Capote’s work is a great fit for the class, because it introduces students to the American judicial system and the death penalty, among other contemporary topics. It is also superbly written and allows students to form their own opinions" (Ciotti). Ms. Ciotti believed the book would benefit her students greatly by introducing them to the controversial topics and letting them give their own opinions. A school board president agreed with Ms. Ciotti and had her own reasons for allowing the novel, “I whole-heartedly support the adoption of this book, not just because it is on the AP list, or because it represents a milestone in literature as the first nonfiction novel.
The non-fiction novel ‘In Cold Blood’ interestingly begins as a fiction novel would-with the author setting up the scene of the gruesome quadruple murder about to take place, unbeknownst to the victims. Capote describes the isolated flatlands of rural Kansas, and introduces the victims and their killers as if they were the main characters of a fictional murder mystery. What immediately struck me is how Capote uses literary techniques like the simultaneous narration of the lives of the killers and victims, and the fragmented retelling of the story not specifically in the order of events, which makes the story read more like a work of fiction than of pure journalism. As one gets engrossed in the book, it gets easier to forget that the story is based on truth and is not just a fictional story born in Capote’s head. Capote also demonstrates his mastery over the ‘thriller and suspense’ genre, detailing the Clutter family’s everyday lives, emotions and experiences but with progressively higher levels of anticipation as the pages go by, employing versions of the omnipresent phrase, ‘and that was their last’ for dramatic effect.
Deceit and exploitation came into play. Truman continued to lead Perry on, leading Perry to believe he had no title of the book yet and wasn’t truthful about the progress of the book. Truman lied to Perry when Perry confronted him with his preliminary reading review (printed in newspaper) with the book already titled “in Cold Blood.” Truman told Perry “they” picked it for him and how could he pick a title without knowing the whole story, not knowing the ending. Truman continued to deceive Perry as Truman was missing that one piece, the final piece, for the ending of his