Truman Capote: The Clutter Family

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Truman Capote uses the Clutter family to represent the rising middle class of the 1950s America by describing their way of life, based on how they live, what they have, and how the community views them. The Clutter family is a perfect and typical example of following the American dream. The Clutters own their own home, they have a car, and they earn enough money to live comfortably and peacefully on a daily basis. Mr. Clutter, the head of the household, helped achieve this American dream for his family by graduating college and getting a degree in agriculture and getting a wife and family. The middle-class people are neither classified as rich nor poor.
The Clutter family is wealthy enough to survive and live above the normal standards of previous years and decades, where families were extremely lucky to be part of the middle class. The middle class in the 1950s were the advancing …show more content…

Clutter was the one who became the stepping stone to allow their family to advance up the socio-economic path. Mr. Clutter started from nothing; he actually had to work really hard and go against the odds to get where the majority of people hoped to be one day. He had to go to school, get his diploma, and then farm his field to get into the middle class. He eventually was known throughout the Holcomb community. He was known to be honorable, kind, and a fearless man who was also a respectful person in Holcomb. Being an active man in his community, his relations with the community and church excelled as well.
Truman Capote used the Clutter family to represent the rising middle class in the 1950s. The Clutters were neither rich or poor but were financially stable to lead a decent, comfortable, and happy life. They owned what entitled them to live the American Dream, a house, car, and some riches. By analyzing the Clutter family's social position in the middle class, you can see how the Clutter's are living and represent the American dream and the rising middle class of the

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