The Last To See Them Alive Analysis

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As soon as I started reading the first section of “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote I both noticed and appreciated how detailed he was when describing the setting and detailed how each member of the family was discovered. Capote used extensive imagery throughout the section “ The Last To See Them Alive” to the point where it almost seemed like I was taken from my room and transported directly to the scene Capote was describing. Capote was able to develope the tempo of the story as well as present details to the reader through a third person omniscient narrator. Allowing the narrator to disclose each character’s thoughts, feelings and actions. One distinct example of how Capote uses his third person omniscient narrator and vivid imagery is how he goes about detailing how each member…show more content…
I respected Mr. Clutter for the type of man he was. Going out of his way to help others, being a dedicated and passionate Christian, and his purposeful drive to accomplish all of his goals. I felt bad and apologetic concerning Mrs. Clutter’s health. Thinking why did a person that seemed so caring should have to struggle on a daily basis to produce a smile or a single positive thought. Lastly, in Kenyon and Nancy I felt that I could see different parts of myself in the two of them. In Kenyon I could relate with his tendency to want to stick to himself and work on personal projects. Whereas, with Nancy I could relate with how she loved to stay up later than most in order to relax, and being self-motivated similar to her father. Near the end of this section however, I would have the same emotions for each member. Those of compassion, grief, and disbelief. As these people were not only the characters of a book, but were also living and breathing members of society whose lives were taken too early and in a heinous
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