Specifically when Al Dewey, the head of the Clutter murder investigation, states how the crime was not in fact Smiths fault. Dewey says, “The crime was a psychological accident, virtually an impersonal act; the victims might as well have been killed by lightning. Except for one thing: they had experienced prolonged terror, they had suffered. And Dewey could not forget their sufferings. Nonetheless, he found it possible to look at the man beside him without anger—with, rather, a measure of sympathy—for Perry Smith’s life had been no bed of roses but pitiful, an ugly and lonely progress toward one mirage or another.” Capote is attempting to show the audience how one should feel
In the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote explores aspects of Perry Smiths and Richard Hickocks childhoods that may have affected their psychology and lead to the 1959 Clutter family murder. The fact that Truman Capote included these memories and old letters from their past was to show that he thought it played a part in the greater problem although he does not directly say that. He gives the reader the choice to decide for themselves, whether they think the awful childhoods of the main characters were the reasons they thought it was acceptable to murder a family in their own home in cold blood, or weather it was completely and fully their choice to commit this crime. From the way the writer describes Smiths past, it gives the reader the
In Cold Blood is a novel based on true events of a murder written by Truman Capote. Perry Smith and Richard Dick, have committed murders of four family members of the Clutter family. From the beginning, it’s obvious that the novel focuses on many characters and one becomes more interested in learning about how their personalities will open out during the novel. Several characters in the novel fit the description of the protagonist, including Perry, Dick and Herb Clutter. Therefore, the most expand the character and the obvious protagonist in the novel is Perry Smith as the narrative revolves so much around him.
In the novel, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote chose his words in a subjective manner. Capote inaccurately described many characters in his novel. He based his writing on his feelings and emotions rather than facts and evidence. Capote characterized Richard Hickock, Perry Smith, and Bonnie Clutter falsely. Capote described Richard Hickock as a bloodthirsty, violent person yet he did not actually kill any of the Clutters.
Truman Capote also tells us that Mr. Clutter is well known in his community and in Garden City. "His name was everywhere respectfully recognized among Midwestern agriculturists" ( Capote 6). Also, Capote introduces the identity of the two killers who killed the Clutters family. We the readers are first
The book In Cold Blood, I believe, is for the capital punishment. There were two men who were brutally honest, one saying, “ I believe in capital punishment, it’s like the bible says- and eye for an eye. And even so were two pairs short.” The other man was asked if he was for or against the capital punishment, he response was, “ Ordinarily i’m against it, but in this case no.” Capote uses the law as an example that even though the death penalty is wrong and makes you just as bad as the people that committed the crime. “ It is a relic of human
An Unusual Narrative In Cold Blood, a novel written by Truman Capote, is a very interesting novel that I have enjoyed up to this point. It’s very well written: Capote is a master of the use of suspense and spine-tingling language. The narrative draws you in and is very compelling, and it’s sometimes hard to believe that the plot is based on real events and real people. It’s very impressive to me how Capote went to great lengths to describe two murderers, Dick and Perry, as seemingly ordinarily people, who are extremely complex and extremely psychologically damaged. He establishes their insanity with quotes such as, “‘Boy!
Aside from the wars and riots going on in the nineteen fifties, life seemed to be easier for people back then to live the life most people would dream to live today. This decade was the beginning for many of the things we use today. In the novel “In Cold Blood” , Truman Capote gives us a good look and understanding of what life was like back then for the rising middle class in the United States, by using an average American family led to an unfortunate and devastating
Not only did this killer kill the old man, he was cruel and cold at heart. This can be seen in this quote, “I heard a slight groan… it was the groan of mortal terror… dreadful echo, the terrors… I knew what the old man felt… I chuckled at heart.” (Poe, 1843) The killer knew what the old man was experiencing, even had empathy for him in his mind, but at heart, he was enjoying the old man’s pain. Another disturbing quote in the story that showcases the cruelty in the killer is the following, “I then smiled gaily… First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.” As if killing the old man was not enough, the killer had to cut the corpse into pieces. Some people may think that such a person cannot be changed, and has to be stopped before they can proceed to hurt
Nurture is more important than nature because with good nurturing what nature has given somebody can be erased or made better. Perry Smith had nature curse him but nurture fail him. In his childhood he recalls his parents fighting from an early age. He witnessed his father beating his mother. Perry showed signs of abnormality in his childhood several times such as the time he took a gun and pretended to shoot his brother.