The Dark Side Within In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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The Dark Side Within Should a person be inherently trustful or distrustful? Can someone be truly characterized as good or bad? These critical thinking questions arise when reading through the novel. After hearing about the prosperous and respected Clutters being murdered, people began losing faith within the community by abruptly locking doors, moving away, and accusing neighbors. Nobody knows anymore if they are safe and secure within their own homes, causing trust and security to become a big issue in the western Kansas town of Holcomb. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote documents this murder case and focuses more on the killer´s perspective and how they are caught instead of the murder itself. Capote demonstrates through his documentation that anyone is capable of great evil regardless of their background, shown by Dick’s life decisions, Perry’s outbursts of rage, and Lowell Lee Andrews conviction. One of the assailants that was involved in the murder was Richard Hickock.…show more content…
As presented by Capote in In Cold Blood, anyone is capable of great evil regardless of their background, exhibited by Dick’s life decisions, Perry’s outbursts of rage, and Lowell Lee Andrews conviction. Dick showed that with a background of having advantages in life and a decent childhood, he was still capable of great evil by being involved in the murdering of the Clutter family. With his reputation of being an average likable guy, Perry revealed that he was still capable of great evil demonstrated by his actions of slaughtering the Clutters. Lowell Lee Andrews displayed with his background of being trusted, he was still capable of great evil by slaying his family for greed. All these characters in the novel demonstrated ideas of deception, trust, and security through their actions. Overall, not anyone or anything is what it
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