Dark Imagery In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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In the novel, In Cold Blood author Truman Capote utilizes dark imagery and depressing diction to set the novel’s tone. Capote shows the reader a desolate town with scarce residents. Holcomb, Kansas features flat land, cattle, and grain, making a feeling of barren emptiness. Capote’s choice of words and descriptions loom over the main characters and create an uneasiness for the reader. Capote describes Holcomb as, “A lonesome area the other Kansans call ‘out there.’” (14). This beginning imagery makes the reader feel abandoned, even lost. Capote further outlines the town, intentionally adding more layers of intrigue to his novel . Phrases such as, “The thickest dust to the direst mud,” (15) and “Dark for several years,” (15) reinforce the
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