Hyperbole In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Truman Capote, who was born Truman Streckfus Persons on September 30, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the most well-known American writer of his time. His ability to say clever and amusing things and his overt homosexuality kept him on television and in magazines as a major personality. He worked for The New Yorker magazine where he wrote articles and short stories. Many of his stories were about bizarre incidents and were adapted for stage and film. 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. In other words, all the information he gathers does…show more content…
This literary device consists in exaggerating an idea to add emphasis and to create a strong impression of the real situation of something. The hyperbolic statements are unreal, so they are not likely to be true and they are not meant to be taken literally. For example, when Capote talks about the fury Dick has because of Perry’s insistence that the newspaper is a trap, he exaggerates Dick’s emotion by telling that saliva bubbles appear at the corner of his mouth.“Nevertheless, Perry observed with some misgiving the symptoms of fury rearranging Dick’s expression: jaw, lips, the whole face slackened; saliva bubbles appeared at the corners of his mouth.” (Capote 99). By exaggerating Dick’s fury readers can have a strong impression about how he feels in that

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