Capote’s purpose in writing In Cold Blood changes as the story progresses. It starts with how someone’s carelessness can ruin an entire family and the whole village can be influenced by it. Earlier in the book, the Clutter family is, except two older sisters, killed by two murderers, Dick and Perry. Later, the motive of the murder is found as it is carelessness from Floyd who was Dick’s cellmate years ago. Floyd used to work at the Clutter’s farm and as he was telling Dick what kind of jobs he had, he told Dick how wealthy the Clutters are.
What would happen if a friend’s brother turned out to be a monster? In the novel Montana 1948, by Larry Watson, Wesley is the town sheriff, whose brother Frank is a well known doctor. When news reaches Wesley that Frank has been sexually assaulting Indian women on the nearby reservation and then kills Marie, his housekeeper, Wesley is conflicted on what he should do. His father, who heavily favors Frank, tells Wesley to just turn a blind eye to his crimes. However, Wesley defies his father and attempts to bring Frank to justice by locking Frank in his basement.
Yet, a notable person who overcame these obstacles and made the most out of his experiences was Malcolm X. He made a dramatic change not only in American history but in African American rights. From the beginning of Malcolm X’s life he saw the injustices in the country of America, he was only a kid innocent to the world around him. His father was supposedly killed in a car accident, but Malcolm and his family believe that he was murdered by the Black Legion, which was a group of white racist. Even worse the officials claimed that his father had committed suicide, which prevented his family from inheriting the life insurance money.
Although Capote describes the Clutters as a symbolic representation of a perfect family, his importance is to show the difference of lifestyles from Perry coming from broken homes to the Clutters home therefore; he contends family life is a key determinant that can affect a person, later in life. Capote uses an anecdote to help his readers formulate where Perry came from and how he became abnormal. After Perry made an “admission he hated to make” of himself and Dick having to be crazy, after killing a perfect family, Capote says: “His mother an alcoholic, had strangled to death on her own vomit. Of her children two sons and two daughters, only the young girl, Barbara, had entered ordinary life, married, begun raising a family. Fern the other daughter, jumped out the window of a San Francisco hotel.
In fact, death is the main theme of the film, as if the director was trying to say that (no matter how much the western American movies try to change the plots of their movies, they are always connected to murderer and killing). The moment Blake enters the town of machine, he sees that people don’t speak as much as they shoot each other, and that killing is something ordinary for them. Most of the characters are dead as the story ends, and even the heroines. All of these aspects and themes where discussed by dead man to show how wrong is the portrait the Hollywood movies paint of the western
Comparison of the “Psycho” and “A Rose for Emily” The Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner are works with different plots and endings. The movie is focused on a maniac, who recreated an image of his mother to kill visitors. Norman Bates killed own mother because he thought she “betrayed” him, and used her personality in his further crimes. The man was caught and his actions were revealed long before his death. Faulkner’s story demonstrates totally different plot: there is an own main character, her mental disorder and its consequences for the society.
Macbeth, once a loyal sergeant in Duncan’s army, has killed the king in order to possess the throne of Scotland. This act of such extreme measures begins Macbeth’s descent into madness and insomnia. Immediately after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth says, “Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep.” (Macbeth, Act II Scene II) Voices within his mind is the first symptom of schizophrenia that Macbeth presents in the play. However, the evidence of schizophrenia within the mind of Lord Macbeth does not end after the murder of Duncan, in fact it gets seemingly worse.
Another instance of an illogical death was the death of a high school teacher named Edgar Derby. Derby “pulled political wires” (Vonnegut 38) to initially be allowed to fight, but he was well-suited for the war, and he survived the fighting, getting captured, and the bombing of Dresden. However, after the war ended and some prisoners of war were taking war souvenirs, Derby “was caught with a teapot he had taken from the catacombs. He was arrested for plundering. He was tried and shot” (Vonnegut 95).
Billy feels more guilt for Rubin’s death because Billy tripped him in the movie, making Billy the cause that Rubin is dead. The book’s version of the story stated that Rubin was running with the axe, tripped on a stick, and impaled himself, killing himself. Additionally, Billy attended Rubin’s funeral in the movie, instead of the privately sneaking onto the Pritchard’s property to the private graveyard and placing flowers on his grave like in the novel, which shows that Billy was very determined to get a closure from the horrifying experience, also showing that Billy was really wanting to let Rubin’s family know that at least someone cared about the death of one of the most annoying children in the country. These are simply a few of the key points the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows differs from its movie counterpart. Yet I believe these are the key relationships that throw off the symbolism and meaning the story, but keep the storyline in check, differing the depth of the novel and the movie.
“It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” This is said by the narrator in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Once evil enters the mind and is welcomed and given permission to rule, it will control and direct one's actions. The theme in both “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Masque Of Red Death” is death, whether it be intentional by humans or inevitable because of mortality. The similarities and differences in these stories are they both have death that kills innocent people, one story is more realistic and the other symbolizes death, and lastly both stories have people imagining something. One similarity in both of these stories is death that kills innocent people. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator kills the old man because of his eye.