Pathos In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Pathos is the primary literary device used throughout the story that actually had readers sympathize the merciless murderers. Pathos as in a general statement. What Capote does that is so brilliant and differs from other style of books, is he offers multiple point of views. They all differ. It varies as well. At one point, we got to read the perspective of the gas station worker. The point of view changes from first to second frequently. This allows readers to go more in depth with the story. It adds to the mood, atmosphere, tone, absolutely everything. It’s a unique but very efficient style of storytelling.
One way that pathos is used is the narrative excerpts from the point of view of Perry Smith’s or Dick Hickock’s. Little facts about their lives are revealed one by one as the reading is done. At the end of part one, one learns that Dick goes to a family that he seems to have a routine with. That implies that Dick still lives with his parents and has some sort of relationship formed with them. Then in part two, one learns more about Perry’s origins and the environment he was raised in. Fiction is so loved because despite the artificial storyline, people can relate to what makes someone human. The humanity is always seeked throughout stories because the relation is wanted. When you read a book like In Cold Blood, one simply cannot create some sort of bland connection with characters when they learn so much about the type of people
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Whether that connection be positive or negative. It is done and cannot be avoided. Capote emphasizes the human side of these characters. He shows readers how the murderers who could commit such a crime are actual people. Not everyone is untouchable. It’s fascinating yet a bit worrying how easily one can enter the mind of a killer. It gets so twisted to a point that you realize you empathized with a
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