Analysis of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Essay

855 Words Dec 27th, 2013 4 Pages
A4 AP English 11
29 August 2013
In Cold Blood In the literary world, the concept of using a silent narrator is complex. The novel In Cold Blood was the first nonfiction novel published in an era of journalism. Capote gained many fans and critics. Truman Capote, in his nonfiction novel In Cold Blood effectively uses a silent narrator to influence the reader’s opinions of characters based off of actions and words, but as the novel continues Capote begins to reveal his true opinions and thoughts to the reader. As the novel begins, Capote strictly conveys to the reader every detail about the Clutter family and allows the reader a full understanding of why the city of Holcomb is in great fear and shock from the family’s murder. The
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When Officer Nye arrives at Mrs. Johnson’s house curious about Perry, she describes Perry as “gentle. He cries so easily. Sometimes music sets him off, and when he was a little boy he used to cry because he thought the sunset was so beautiful. Or the moon” (182). The reader begins to wonder how a boy, who finds joy in the little things in life, can become a murderer. The softer side of Perry becomes more visible. Seeing the more heartless side of Perry by his amazement of how many arrived at the Clutter’s funeral rather than feeling guilty, Capote writes “a thousand people! Perry was impressed. He wondered how much the funeral had cost” (96). Instead of realizing what a toll he had taken on the city of Holcomb, Perry is pleased with his work and makes it evident his only concern is money. Having exposed both sides of Perry, Capote manages to push the reader away from hating Perry, but closer to sympathizing for him. By influencing the reader to favor Perry along with him, Capote makes it easier to hate Dick. When Dick and Perry were driving down a road in the desert, they passed a dog walking along the side of the road. The dog was “an old half-dead mongrel, brittle-boned and mangy” (112). Dick then swerves out of his way only to hit the dog, “which was something he did whenever the opportunity arose” (113). Dick replies with “boy! We sure splattered him!” (113). When Capote includes the small things Dick does, they’re big enough to affect the

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