Truman Capote’s most complicated character of In Cold Blood was Perry Smith. Certain traumatic events that occurred throughout his life caused Perry Smith to struggle in his later adulthood. When he was just a young boy, Perry’s parents decided to get a divorce. As a result of this, he was an orphan, but only temporarily. After he was released from the military, Perry wrecked his motorcycle, leaving his legs almost paralyzed.
It’s a Hard-Knock Life for Perry Smith Loyola University psychologist James Garbarino once said, “Most of these killers are best understood as untreated, traumatized children who inhabit and control the minds, hearts, and bodies of adult men.” This quote relates to Truman Capote’s most complex character, Perry Smith, in the novel, In Cold Blood, as he did not have a very great childhood. As a child, he has witnessed constant violence and he was neglected multiple times. When Perry was young, he witnessed his father brutally abuse his mother which ultimately led to his parent’s divorce. Also, throughout his childhood, Perry ended up in a series of orphanages and Salvation Army homes because of his mother’s drinking problem. He was only able to pass third grade as a child because he and his father moved around so much, but as an adult he has a lot of interest in education.
Perry then moved to a children’s shelter where the workers also abused him for his bedwetting; one worker in particular nearly drowned him in a tub. Perry’s mother later died due to her alcohol abuse, and two of his three siblings committed suicide. His relationship with his father began to decline after their falling out, and his relationship with his sister deteriorated as he came to resent her for her formal education and stability. After this scarred upbringing, Perry turned to a life of crime. In Cold Blood not only tells the story of the Clutter murders but also explains the importance of family.
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. Both Perry and Nathan’s experiences shape their actions throughout most of their adult life, though Nathan’s trauma does occur significantly later in life, after he had already established a plan for his future. In his past, Perry’s neglectful mother and unreliable father caused him to grow up with a sense of uncertainty, moving around through orphanages and Salvation Army homes, only occasionally living with either of his parents. Early on, he had very little moral direction, with “no rule or discipline, or anyone to show [him] right from wrong” (Capote 275).
Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood, focuses on a quiet town in eastern Kansas where the slaughter of the Clutter family occurred. Although Perry is a brutal murderer, he is the result of his troublesome past; therefore, indicating that the past plays a part in the character of one's future self. Throughout his childhood, Perry has encountered abuse, separation, and abandonment from his home and it directly affected who he has become. The way that Capote writes about Perry’s past makes it evident that it was miserable. Perry lived with his “disgraceful drunkard” mother who forced his father out of his life and his three siblings who ended up either dead or pitied him (Capote 126).
Sociopaths, often described as having antisocial personality disorder, are not born with their traits but their experiences they go through make them the way they are. Perry Smith has many examples of how his upbringing has made him the way he is. Perry’s life was filled with violence and neglect. Perry had a seemingly happy life until his dad started to beat his mother and she turned to drunkenness and promiscuity. Finally perry’s parents split, which can also to lead to problems in children's lives, he travels with his mother and siblings to san Francisco where he constantly gets in trouble to which he blames it on having, “no rule or discipline, or anyone to show me right from wrong" (54).
According to Daily Chart, “Over 5.8 million people die under the age of 18 every year in the whole world; 25% of those deaths are suicide, 30% are traffic accidents, 10% of them are violence, and 35% of them are other accidents” (Patton 1). The five stages of grief can be very hard to go through, that is why there are so many “under aged” deaths throughout the world. These relate to The Outsiders because greasers go through the stages of grief throughout the book. The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The first stage of grief is denial.
The United States spent 18 billion dollars in the year 2000 with 17 million recipients. Moving forward sixteen years, the price has risen to 78 billion dollars and we now have 46 million recipients. Either more people are losing their jobs or they are just becoming lazy because they know they can receive benefits from the government and live off of them for their whole life. Another program that seems to be used incorrectly is Medicaid. Many people who have Medicaid or such government assistance abuse the privilege by going to emergency rooms across the country for non-emergency problems.
Discuss 2 factors that will affect your decision-making based on the scenario given. I chose to look at the Case of the Elderly White Collar Criminal. In this particular instance we are looking at a now 60 year old male, Richard, 5 years into his sentence for white collar crime. When looking at the given information I feel that the 2 factors that would affect my decision-making would be the cost of housing an elderly, ill patient with potential mental health issues and inmate physical, mental and emotional safety. Richard is currently suffering from several physical ailments including, high blood pressure, insomnia and ulcers.
This paper focuses on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), its foundational theory, interventions, and application to a case study. Its founders were Susan Johnson and Leslie Greenberg, and they officially labeled the theory in the 1980s . The theory was based on John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory and connection between the amygdala and cerebral cortex. Originally, there were nine steps to the interventions used to work with couples. However, over the years, Johnson narrowed the interventions down to three stages of change, while Greenberg narrowed it down to five stages of framework.