Analysis Of Perry Smith 's ' The Cold Blood ' Essay

1124 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Perry Smith was one of the murderers involved in the slaughter of the Clutter family on the night of November 15, 1959 in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas. Nancy Clutter was the youngest daughter of the well-loved Clutters who had displayed much promise in her future. Truman Capote is the author who becomes captivated by the case and follows the investigation, interviewing and paying close attention to detail in his narration of it. In his novel, In Cold Blood, Capote paints depth in the characters involved with the Clutters and produces sympathy for each character within his account. Specifically, Capote depicts Perry Smith as a mixed-race man who feels that the world is against him and Nancy Clutter as an up-and-coming talented young woman who would have undoubtedly had a bright future. He creates sympathy for the two by producing strong imagery and varying choices of diction that assist to invent primarily melancholy, reminiscent tones. To begin with, Capote employs imagery throughout his narrations of Perry in order to effectively create sympathy for him. For example, on page 132, Capote had interviewed Perry about his childhood; “I was always thinking about dad…And all you wore was grass and flowers.” Capote describes Perry’s recollection of how he waited for his father in the Catholic orphanage, where he was abused; the racism and harassment he faced when living with Salvation Army, mentioning the nurse who’d tried to drown him; the primitive life he had lived when…

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