In the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, he uses pathos, diction and tone to characterize the killers. He characterizes Dick Hickock as the main character and Perry Smith as a tag-along. Capote mainly shows sympathy towards Perry because of Perry’s messed up past and his mental instability. Capote creates this sympathy through syntax and his elaborate sentence structure with the use of specific punctuation. He also has a very unique writing style with an interesting character development. The author characterizes the two characters by using flashbacks although he sympathize Perry more than Dick, which can be seen through the long descriptions of Perry’s past compared to the few sentences given to Dick’s. There are several areas in the …show more content…
For example, in Perry’s letter, he states, “It could mean a long stretch in prison. Or you might get killed. All for someone you don’t know. YOU BETTER THINK IT OVER!! Seriously! Besides how do I know I can trust you?” (265). Capote uses a variety of techniques to change the style in which he writes. He includes letters from family members or friends to add new perspectives to the story. The syntax present in this part of the letter stands out to the reader for several reasons, which aids in the purpose of showing Perry’s desperation. First, the short sentences illustrate the intensity and rapidity of his thoughts. Secondly, the all capitalized letters comes across as an important statement, one that should be taken seriously. The combination of the larger letters and the italicized words draws the reader’s attention to what is being emphasized in the passage. And finally, the exclamation points (and the use of so many of them) help illustrate to the reader just how determined Perry is in the letter to get his point across. In addition, Capote adds to his style of writing by saying, “During moments of actual violence, they often felt separated or isolated from themselves, as if they were watching someone else…” (300). A few times in the novel, Capote utilize ellipses to end his sentences. Like in the example above, this is a unique form of syntax and style. By concluding a sentence with ellipses that trails off, this allows the reader to come to his or her own conclusions about how the sentence should end. This creates a somewhat mysterious tone at parts of the novel. The purpose of such a technique is to make the novel thought provoking for the reader. Capote's writing styles helps create a unique reading
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The use of a period, in line 27, indicates another change in the author’s ideas, as if he contemplates the idea of continuing (line
This quote by Capote illustrates his technique of engaging his readers by creating a fertile ground in which a story can grow. Just as a farmer manipulates the field to ensure crops grow, Capote similarly manipulates the mind of the reader. He gathers information and compiles it to present a story to the readers and then allows the reader to interpret the novel. Although some argue that In Cold Blood is simply a factual recounting of the brutal murders of the Clutter family, in reality the novel is a compilation of the varying perceptions of those involved—Capote, the towns people, law enforcement, and the reader. Despite the fact that history repeats itself, cultural influences are always changing thus causing the murder to be interpreted
Capote to get the conclusion of his book pushed the criminals and hoped for their deaths. Unable to deal with his conscious after this Capote turned to drinking. Capote claimed that he could have published a book with all 6000 pages of his notes before he condensed them down (Krebs). The subjects were not mentally stable and dealing with them for so long led to Capote having much guilt and mental unstableness (Biography). The majority of Capote’s influences come from his life and experiences which while they were often damaging, created the style and
In Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” the reader is presented with a central theme throughout the course of the book. The theme is nature vs. nurture, in comparison to Dick and Perry. Dick and Perry are the two men who commit murder on the Clutter family. Both were raised in similar environments, but they each have different genetic traits that contribute to their persona. Dick is characterized as more of a “natural born killer”, while Perry on the other hand is more of a “raised” killer.
Secondary Characters (Character Development #3) Truman Capote depicts the extraordinary personalities of secondary characters in his novel In Cold Blood. I believe that he does this in order to give readers a more accurate and detailed understanding of the story. Personalities of all characters are very important because they give us a clear look into what that particular character is feeling and thinking. Main characters typically get the spotlight, but Capote makes sure to share the light with all of the characters.
Both friends appear as characters in Capote's early fiction." (Advameg, "The Young Man" para. 2). While it is true that Capote's life impacted his writings, his writing also significantly impacted him. Capote's rise to fame and addiction to popularity were not the only factors that led him to drug addiction, but also his extensive work on In Cold Blood. "While In Cold Blood brought him acclaim and wealth, Capote was never the same after the project.
(In Cold Blood p. 204) While Perry is in jail he meets Mrs. Meier she was an understanding women and she took care of him. The reader can see the compassion she has for him. She cooked his favorite food and wrote him a letter before the court telling him she will remember him as a friend not as a killer. (Truman p. 254-259) Capote gives insight into the character Dick.
Perry’s erratic spontaneous outbursts is what caused him to go through with the murders and slit Mr. Clutter’s throat which put him on the killing frenzy that ended the rest of the Clutters lives. Capote highlights Perry’s sociopathic tendencies by comparing them to that of Dicks Psychopathic tendencies which exemplifies how when put together they are at each others fault for the
Written in 1965, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote chronicles the vicious and brutal murders of a family in the small, rural town of Holcomb, Kansas. News of the crime attracted dozens of detectives and journalists all with the intent of documenting and solving this horrific crime, Truman Capote being one of them. Capote provides a unique perspective of the story as he attempts to incorporate both fact from the crime and investigation itself, as well as inserting some fictional details into the lives of the criminals themselves. Throughout Capote’s novel, the story of two criminals executing a murder focuses on more than just the crime and the victims. Rather, Capote paints a picture of each murderer, allowing the readers to explore the criminals’
Within the book, “The Back Door of Midnight”, the effects of syntax can be seen throughout the entirety of the novel. Firstly, the author, Elizabeth Chandler, uses italic to emphasize the narrator’s, Anna O’Neill Kirkpatrick, thoughts. The first example can be found in her first out-of-body experience when she yells “Please stop!” within her mind. This is used to emphasize when the main character is actually thinking versus her normal narration of the events, and helps the reader gain a greater understanding of the character.
Through similar tactics Capote allows the reader to feel sorry for Dewey, even though he is the man who catches the killing pair. Detective Dewey is first introduced in part two of In Cold Blood, where the readers learn that this would not be an easy case and the Dewey would be the head detective, even though he had personal ties with the Clutter family. The reader would automatically feel sorry for Detective Dewey because he was going to do heavy investigating on a murder of a family he knew and there was very little time to mourn the deaths. Detective Dewey spent countless hours trying to chase down every lead that popped up, taking family time away, which wears on all family members. The reader feels sympathy for Dewey as he loses time with his family around the holiday time because he has become so involved in the case.
Above, on the ceiling, a relief ornament shaped of a wreath, and in the center of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out.” gives the reader a first impression of dull, boring, broken spirited. The short sentences and the commas in them force the reader to pause or break in the flow of reading, so any chance of the moment intensifying never happens. The author does this on purpose to create that more dull, boring tone in the form of simple sentences. She does this because that is just what that moment is, boring, nothing interesting is happening and that is exactly what the character is experiencing at the moment.
Truman Capote was a very talented writer, and he always knew the perfect ways to portray each character in all of his books. In his book In Cold Blood, Capote interviewed both of the killers, but he knew that there was something about Perry Smith. Throughout the whole book, he would be constantly trying to figure him out and why he did what he did. Throughout the book, Capote uses the technique sympathy to portray Perry.
The reader proceeds to blow off this idea, not thinking much of it, and continues reading. However, only two pages later the reader stumbles upon another word that is spelled in all capital letters, SETTLEMENTS (pg. 8). This has now caught the reader’s attention for the writer must have purposefully put these words in all caps, this must not be a coincidence. As the reader keeps reading they see more, some that are even phrases, “EDUCATION, DISTANCE, MEANWHILE HAD GONE