Essay about Analysis Of The Novel ' The Cold Blood '

823 Words Feb 20th, 2016 4 Pages
As said by Geoffrey S. Fletcher, “Characters who experience great trauma will sometimes create an escape”. This escape, for Perry Edward Smith anyway, was murdering four innocent people on November 15, 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas. However, there was no excuse for this massacre, but reasons as to why he did it are explainable, and these reasons lay deeply psychological. Perry Smith experienced a dreadfully traumatic life, starting from an adolescent age. Arguably, Perry could have led an ordinary life if it wasn’t for these certain traumatic occurrences. Three distinct experiences shaped his mental stability forever and directly correlated to his murderous ways, which included him never receiving a proper education, getting into a motorcycle accident, and being neglected his entire life. The novel In Cold Blood, written by Truman Capote, explains the journey of the Clutter family murder case. The Clutter family consisted of Herbert and Bonnie Clutter, the parents, their two children who lived inside of their house, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter, and their two other daughters who moved out, Beverly and Eveanna Clutter. The Clutters were a well-respected family throughout the small town of Holcomb, Kansas. However, Herbert was a wealthy farmer, his wife suffered from psychiatric spells, Nancy was the town’s sweetheart, and Kenyon was a soft-spoken teenager with an interest of building things. On a particular Saturday night in 1959, the family went to bed as usual, nothing seeming to…

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