Who Is Truman Capote's In Cold Blood: Fact Or Fiction?

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Fact and Fiction often share similar traits. Truman Capote captures the fictional genre by crafting his novel with real evidence and imagination. In Cold Blood contains comparisons that are obviously biased, including the perfect Clutter family and troubled Dick and Perry. Capote cannot rightly describe his book as a non-fiction novel because he ultimately uses his own imagination, and timetable too frequently. The intentional use of bias portrayed by Capote weakens the overall credibility of his novel. Much of Capote’s work captures the power of fiction, and In Cold Blood represents perhaps his finest model. Therefore, Capote’s insistence that his book qualifies as a nonfiction novel lacks evidence to back his claim. As Daisy Bowie-Sell writes, “Documents have come to light which suggest parts of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood… played with the truth.” Actual KBI documents also suggest that an agent was not immediately sent after the tip-off described in chapter?????, but rather Dewey, the agent, waited …show more content…

He presents all the events by way of an anonymous narrator who reveals all the events from a detached viewpoint. Through Part II the killers are presented more sympathetically. For instance, Capote tells the reader about the hard life Perry Smith has had throughout the book. Perry lived at different orphanages and Salvation Army homes. One nurse would even “fill a tub up of ice cold water, put [Perry] in it, and hold [him] under till [he] was blue.”(128). Capote quickly describes the murder in Part I yet a majority of the novel is constructed upon the lives of those murderers. Capote was basically a lead investigator in this murder, as he was doing research from the start. As the book progressed, so did the sympathy for Dick and Perry. That progression by Capote led to the skewing of facts, which was enough to change the book to a fiction

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