After most people hear what Perry has gone through you immediately give him a get out of jail free card right? You think that since he had a difficult upbringing he should be exempt from receiving the death penalty? Although you may think this, this is certainly not an excuse for such a violent act. Throughout In Cold Blood, Capote attempts to portray to the reader that Smith in a way should be exempt from the crime he commited and how one should not blame it on Smith himself, but his psychological background. Specifically when Al Dewey, the head of the Clutter murder investigation, states how the crime was not in fact Smiths fault.
Capote described Richard Hickock as a bloodthirsty, violent person yet he did not actually kill any of the Clutters. In the beginning of the book Richard says to Perry, “Ain’t that what I promised you, honey-plenty of hair on them-those walls?” (37). This quote manipulates the reader to believe Richard remains the cruel person in the duo. Then, Capote described Perry Smith as an innocent boy who had an unpleasant childhood. Capote states,
A psychopath is classified as someone who shows no remorse and has no conscience, while a sociopath has some sort of conscience and sometimes shows some guilt or remorse ("What's the Difference Between a Sociopath and a Psychopath"). Psychopaths do not feel sorry for other people (“What’s the Difference Between a Sociopath and a Psychopath”) and Kuklinski certainly did not feel sorry for any of his victims (“Married to The Iceman”). During an interview with HBO, Kuklinski stated that he probably could have killed his father and wouldn’t have felt bad about it ("Richard Kuklinski The Iceman Mafia Hitman HBO Interview 2001 (Part 1)"). Richard Kuklinski also showed sociopathic traits. He only showed remorse when talking about his wife and kids ("Richard Kuklinski 'The Iceman' Part 12 of 12").
God in Heaven, what is John Proctor, what is John Proctor? I think it is honest, I think so; I am no saint.” (884) Because of his impure actions in the past, Proctor wanted to die with a clean conscience. This is important because it shows how much theology ruled the lives of the people in the 1600s. An innocent man was hanged because his accuser was almost exposed as a liar. The court was so fearful of the devil and of witches that they killed many people without any real evidence.
Then almost immediately after Alex contradicts himself by thinking “ In my book and the blind eyes of justice, the fact that a man had it coming doesn’t make killing him right “ (Patterson 194). This shows Alex’s true opinion in that he believes that killing a man who was clueless doesn’t make it right. It also shows he thinks everyone is innocent until proven guilty just like most cops are caught not and that he believes only courts can issue punishment not some group of vigilante
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
One of the hardest things to fathom is what drove Adnan to strangle Hae. Police officials kept coming back to the fact that Adnan was the ex-boyfriend, but this doesn’t hold much value when Syed claims the break-up was mutual and they continued to be friends despite breaking up (Koenig Episode 2). Mutual breakups typically don’t end up in rage against one another, which is why the theory of Adnan being guilty is so hard to believe. If he had no bad feelings toward her then there would be no motive for him to kill her in the first place. In addition to the motive issue behind Adnan’s conviction, Adnan repeatedly claims that he did not
Capote portrays only one of these two seemingly distinct characters (Perry) in a way that the reader feels the need to relate to and even sympathize with him. One can be taken aback by such an attachment to a murderer. This is not surprising as the author uses his compassionate diction to manipulate the reader’s emotions with a use of pathos, the appeal to emotions. At one point Capote goes as far as to write that “Smith’s life had been no bed of roses,” (Capote 245) attempting to have the readers relate to Perry. On the other hand, Capote has Dick say this about himself: “Deal me out, baby, I’m a normal” (Capote 116).
Mid -November, 1959 in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas a family of four was brutally murdered in cold blood. The Clutter family represented the traditional all-American family, which consisted of a Kansas farmer, his wife and their two children. The innocent town of Holcomb was astonished when the news of the quadruple homicide struck. Truman Capote the author of In Cold Blood was adamant to reveal the truth surrounding the story of the murder. By writing this book from the perspective of the killers Truman Capote gave an insight into the minds of the killers, something not commonly experienced.
Some say that his lawyers and family came up with a story that he was mentally ill, in effort to escape the death penalty but that didn’t work. In James W. Loewen book Lies My teacher Told Me he says that “We must recognize that the insanity with which historians have charged John Brown was never psychological. It was ideological. This mean that John Brown was not mental, it was just good for political reason to say that about