Imagery is prevalent throughout In Cold Blood, a novel written by Truman Capote about a rather wealthy family, The Clutters, that were suddenly murdered in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Capote used imagery in In Cold Blood to describe the surroundings that every scene is taking place in and how people can be shaped by them.
Truman Capote, the author of In Cold Blood, creates sympathy for almost every character the reader comes across. Through the use of manipulating the reader's emotions and connecting them to each character, Capote successfully pulls it off. There are four main groups that Capote chooses to create sympathy for the murder victims, the murderers, the law officials involved, and the ordinary citizens of Holcomb, Kansas. Truman Capote created the most sympathy for two characters, Perry Smith and Detective Dewey.
How crazy would it be to interview criminals who murdered 4 people in cold blood? Well that’s exactly what Truman Capote did in this chilling book. In the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote used different rhetorical strategies to create sympathy and influence the idea that there are always two sides to every story. Some of the mainly used rhetorical strategies throughout the novel were imagery, diction, tone, and pathos. Furthermore, Capote also illustrated sympathetical emotion towards both types of characters, the protagonists and antagonists. Additionally, Capote expressed the idea of there being two sides to every story for both the protagonist and antagonist. By doing so, he used a unique writing style to help develop the story. In Cold
Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” explores the theme of how trauma affects one’s future life and actions, especially in the character Perry Smith, whose childhood was characterized by neglect and uncertainty, leading him to commit serious crimes. Similarly, in “Poisonwood Bible,” Barbara Kingsolver expresses the same theme in the character Nathan Price, whose experiences in the war, when paired with a deep religious belief, led him to justify the abuse of his family with the words of God.
Typically upon hearing about a murder, especially a brutal and unwarranted one, we find ourselves feeling a great sense of disgust for the murderer or murderers who committed these crimes; however, in Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood, the lives and experiences of the murderers, particularly Perry Smith, are displayed in a way the makes you feel pity for him as well as the victims. When comparing Capote’s Novel to a typical news article on a similar topic it is easy to see the that Capote's style varies from typical journalism. An article written by Frances Robles and Nikita Stewart titled “Dylan Roof’s Past Reveals Trouble at Home and School,” discusses the childhood and background of Dylann Roof, a twenty-one
Truman Capote uses variety of language devices such as diction, similes and symbolism to vividly develop Perry Smith in his novel In Cold Blood.
The opening of In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote, describes a small, quaint town called Holcomb, Kansas that appears forgotten. Capote states that there is “not much to see” in Holcomb, and that it very dull and boring. He believes that Holcomb is dull and bland; nothing that makes it out of the ordinary. Throughout the opening, Capote utilizes many different stylistic elements to describe Holcomb, some of which are diction and imagery. These elements are key to the opening; they provoke the reader to read more and make the novel more interesting.
Everybody has desires that constantly weigh over their heads, pushing them to be diligent in all their endeavors, but what would you do if you knew that one day you would no longer have the opportunity to fulfill these desires? Everybody lives their lives so focused on the end goal that they are oblivious to the world around them, and the sad part is that in some cases the end goal is unattainable or never reached because the person dies. In In Cold Blood, Truman Capote utilizes symbolism and descriptive diction to tell his readers Perry’s wants and wishes. Throughout this subchapter the reader is able to learn more about how Perry feels in the moments after the Clutter family murder. The reader learns that Perry wishes he was loved by others
In his book, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote utilizes several rhetorical devices and strategies in pages 246-248 in order to establish a theme for the fourth section of the book, The Corner, and in order to properly end the third section, The Answer. Capote uses metaphor, diction, and tone shift in order to provide a comparison for Dick and Perry, to most effectively transition into the last section of the book, and to establish a grim and dismal mood.
Pathos is the primary literary device used throughout the story that actually had readers sympathize the merciless murderers. Pathos as in a general statement. What Capote does that is so brilliant and differs from other style of books, is he offers multiple point of views. They all differ. It varies as well. At one point, we got to read the perspective of the gas station worker. The point of view changes from first to second frequently. This allows readers to go more in depth with the story. It adds to the mood, atmosphere, tone, absolutely everything. It’s a unique but very efficient style of storytelling.
Located in a “lonesome area,” the town did not have much to see. All of the local buildings were falling apart; with their chipping paint and “dirty windows” and “irrelevant signs.” The citizens of the dreary town were nice people, everyone knew everyone, and they spoke to each other in an accent "barbed with prairie twang.” The description of this town makes it sound very dull and boring, doesn’t it? Yes. Some of these phrases are used by Truman Capote in his introduction to In Cold Blood. Capote describes the small town of Holcomb, Kansas in this way while using imagery, specific details, and brilliant word choice to take us into the town and experience the story rather than read it.
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.
To perpend a certain book as an award deserving book with high qualify, the book would have to leave many critics in shock and awe. These certain award worthy books would have to connect to society and give a whole new viewpoint to the readers to gain recognition. In the story of In Cold Blood, Capote replaces the simplistic views of criminals lowered to an inhuman status with a new perspective considering these criminals as equal human beings. Although the book didn’t get the Pulitzer Prize, an award given to high quality journalistic writings, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood deserves the Pulitzer Prize because the author gave an unique shock by giving a voice to vilifying figures in society. In addition, Capote grabs the attention of the readers by effectively using diction and details to help engage more readers to the text.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘perspective’ as “The relation or proportion in which the parts of a subject are viewed by the mind; as perceived from a particular mental point of view”. This indicates that perspective is subjective, and therefore that all agents possess a sense of perspective. We might also infer that as perspective is defined as being from ‘a particular mental point of view’, that each of our perspectives are unique and personal, and surely have been formed as a result of our experiences up to the present moment. Perspective is crucial in allowing us to work with factual information. As human beings we are capable of not only learning and recalling a fact, but also of deriving our own opinions on it; on its validity,
Truman Capote in a passage of "in cold blood" describes the town of Holcomb, Kansas. Capotes overall view of the mediocre town is evedent within the first few paragraphs and extends throughout the paper. The town is unfortunatly small and is looked apone in an almost patronising way. The tone, word choice, sentence structure and imagery are all retoricol divces that Capote adopt to convay his point to his reader.