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    written by Truman Capote, he illustrates a sympathetic tone; by using pathos, logos, and ethos Capote manipulates the idea that no one should be put to death, by the government. Truman Capote’s tone throughout the novel is sympathetic: “Moreover, the circumstances of the crime seem to him to fit exactly the concept of ‘murder without apparent motive.’ ... But ... only the first murder matters psychologically, and that when Smith attacked Mr. Clutter he was under a mental eclipse, ...” (Capote 301-302)

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    The Mentality of Disorders Truman Capote shows the mistreatment of mental disorders involving criminal cases in the United States. The United States still permits the death penalty for the mentally ill. Mental Health America projects that at least 10% of people on death row have a mental illness.Schizophrenia affects Perry In Cold Blood, the diagnosis never took place. Prosecution takes place and the prosecutor charges Perry with the death penalty

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    To Kill a Mockingbird in the year 1960. One specific character named Dill, was based off of her childhood friend Truman Capote. While Mr. Capote based his character, Idabel Thompkins, in his novels Other Voices, Other Rooms, on Harper. Infamous the book and movie also had Harper as a main character. Their friendship was presumed unbreakable, but nothing last forever. Harper Lee and Truman Capote's relationship developed and benefited the two in similar ways; it helped inspire their writings, but eventually

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    The Protagonist Versus Me Although it’s often times difficult to catch my attention with a book, In Cold Blood, written by Truman Capote was able to do that. This non-fiction crime bestseller begins with immediate action, which, in my opinion, is the best way to intrigue the reader. Two men, Dick and Perry, are both ex-con men. During their jail sentence, Dick spent time talking to a cellmate, Willie-Jay. They discussed how Willie used to work for a well-known family referred to as the Clutters

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    attention. Truman Capote was an amazing author, yet had struggles in life. He was able to overcome some, but not all. Truman Streckfus Persons was born in New Orleans. He was born on September 30, 1924. His parents were Lillie Mae Faulk and Archulus (Arch) Persons (“Truman Capote.” Biography.com). He died on August 24, 1984 of liver cancer and drug complications (“Truman Capote.” www.famousauthors.org). He was 59, and he had less than a month before his 60th birthday (Krebs, “Truman Capote Biography)

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    Although Truman Capote attempts to illustrate the humanity in the murderers, Mr. Capote’s primary goal is to separate the two murderers’ characters; therefore, he claims, not all murders are equally as guilty. Mr. Capote humanizes the murderers, creating a sympathetic tone towards the killers. When the crime of murdering the Clutter family was committed, it did not just end the lives of the family, rather, Capote says that, “...four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives” (Capote 5). Through

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    to make them more bearable.” Sympathy is feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune. In Truman Capote's novel, he shows sympathy towards Nancy Clutter and Perry Smith. Truman Capote reveals many fantastic traits of Nancy to create sympathy for her when she is killed. She is a young woman of many great characteristics that loses her life in a horrific murder mystery. Capote describes, “a straight-A student, the president of her class, a leader in the 4-H program and the Young

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    “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, is a story about Buddy, a seven year-old boy. His best friend in the story is an old, simple woman. It is November, in Alabama, in the early 1940’s. Capote details their friendship as they prepare for the upcoming holiday. The author uses setting, characterization, and mood show how the value of friendship surpasses materialistic wealth.” The author uses a calm setting to exhibit harmony between Buddy and his friend. The imagery of the setting shows how little

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    different kind of mood. “The black stove, stoked with coal and firewood, glows like a lighted pumpkin”. From this example we can assume that it is that time into the season when it is cold and some people use their stoves to keep warm. The way Truman Capote, the author, described the stove looking like a glowing lighted pumpkin, really sets the mood because that is when the main characters start to bake fruit cakes for their friends, not necessarily their neighbor friends but the for the people they

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    “Our moral traditions developed concurrently with our reason, not as its product,” explains Friedrich August von Hayek. In the short story, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, two cousins work hard and long hours to make fruitcakes for their friends as a Christmas tradition. Throughout the short story, the fruitcake- making tradition helps maintain and even strengthen Buddy and his cousin’s friendship. The importance of traditions and their role in strengthening relationships is evidenced by

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    Many contemporary authors attempt with varying amounts of success to emulate the captivating style of Truman Capote. Through a complex and fine balance between bleak melodrama and noir suspense, Capote’s voice is particularly well captured in his 1966 crime fiction, In Cold Blood. Within the first 5 paragraphs of the work, Truman Capote firmly establishes a notable distaste yet careful curiosity for Holcomb, Kansas - the novel’s primary setting - by utilizing an apathetically negative tone and long-winded

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    Although Truman Capote seems to be retelling Perry´s childhood, his primary desire is to use his misfortunes to justify his actions, therefore, unraveling the potential vulnerabilities that come with a atrocious childhood. Perry´s father, to loosen the guards strings on Perry´s incarceration uses anecdote to explain Perry´s childhood and demeanor. Various sections in the letter display the troubled life of a young Perry Smith and how his tendencies and dependencies came about. His father denounces

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    due to rumors of a hidden safe. Capote gives the readers a peek of Smith and Hickock’s lives before the murders to bring question to the theory of nature vs. nurture and how it changes behavior, regarding Perry and Dick’s crime that would ultimately lead to their execution. With Dick Hickock in Capote’s book, both nature and nurture play a critical role in his character. Dick was born into a loving family with a nice house and normal upbringing compared to Perry. Capote mentions that Dick grew up as

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    In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote is a nonfictional story based, on a actual murder of the clutter family. In the story the author 's doesn 't really take a stand on for or against capitol punishment, however it does provide some reason or fact on why the judge at the time sentenced them to death. first we need understand that story take place in a 1960 's and at the time they didn 't have the type of criminal justice that we have now where you get sentence to life and can receive parole for

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    factual. In Cold Blood, written by Truman Capote, is considered nonfiction, but there are many critics who think it contains elements of fiction. There are various flaws in the book that deny its nonfiction claim. Indeed, it is true that this book is based on a true account, but Capote’s descriptions seem too detailed to be true. How is he fully confident to include conversations between Nancy and Kenyon Clutter when he never met them? How is it possible that Capote knows that Perry and Dick’s confessions

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    In the book “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote, Capote blantly describes the murderous acts of two men who killed an entire family they knew nothing about. The Clutters were good people who had no intention on hurting anyone. Dick and Perry, the murderers, had no reason to do this, meaning they had no motive for these actions and they can not be excused for their actions. In the beginning of the book, Capote introduces everyone to the Clutter Family, and a few pages further into the book he introduces

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    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. There has been speculation from people that wish to take In Cold Blood off the

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    Generosity is the act of being kind and generous. In both short stories by Langston Hughes and Truman Capote the characters show many acts of generosity. “Thank You Ma'm,” by Langston Hughes represents the the act of Mrs. Jones helping Roger when he was in need, and “A Christmas Memory,” by Truman Capote tells the story of Buddy and his cousin being really good friends, until a death brings them apart. First of all, both short stories show acts of friendship. The characters are able to get along

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    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was a crime novel that shock many people in the world because of how a small town family is kill out of nowhere by deformed murders and also how a community would be affected by this conflict. Also, Capote is successful of bringing the murders Dick and Perry back to live. Capote makes them too sympathetic because of how he expresses their mental health, their harsh backstories and the trial that take place in part 4. These three reasons make Capote successful of bringing

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    Sympathy for all Truman Capote was a well known author for Breakfast at Tiffany's, House of Flowers and his most famous In Cold Blood. The one he is most famous for, In Cold Blood, is about the spontaneous murder of the Clutter family; it sparked a new genre of writing - the nonfiction novel. The book describes how the detectives are solving the murders and also includes the perspective of the ones who committed the crime. Capote additionally encompasses the towns people’s outlook on the situation

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