Analysis Of Truman Capote And The Legacy Of In Cold Blood

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In the book, In Cold Blood, Capote describes what is leading up to a crime and the crime itself. The author gives clear, concise background information about both killers and what they are like. There are several different arguments readers can make after reading this book. The major one I can see after reading the book and the article, “Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood” is that Capote and Smith had a romantic relationship. There is homosexual content all throughout the book, even between Perry and Dick. Capote’s work was influenced from his romantic interest in Smith, he favored this individual, made excuses for him, and tried to gain empathy for him. First, I think the indication of homosexual content was seen when Dick started …show more content…
As evidenced from these cases, Smith is implied to be interested in men. Capote illustrates throughout the story, that these two have romantic relations from the samples he gives. He uses these to demonstrate that Smith has had relations with a man. Dick calls Perry ‘Honey’ a great deal, and men don’t call each other this when they are just friends. Hickock was very fond of calling him “nicknames” that men normally don’t call their friends. He calls Smith this to indicate that there is more than just friendship between the two of them. To demonstrate that Capote’s work was biased towards Smith is the fact that he wrote more about Smith than he did Hickock. As supported in the article, “Truman Caopte and the Legacy of In Cold Blood,” Ross suggests that Capote’s work might have been influenced from his strong feelings for Perry Smith (Ross). When he first met Smith, he was very worried about him eating supper. He went back to the cell after he took the food and tried to persuade him to eat. (Capote 244). He didn’t talk about checking on Hickock to see if he had consumed any …show more content…
Voss wonders if Capote’s work was influenced by his romantic relationship with Smith. Capote’s story was questioned to be a love letter to Smith. He states that there were rumors that Capote and Smith were involved while Smith was on death row. He reviewed the book and found that there was homosexual subtext in the story. In this article, Harold Dye is as the individual reported to have been the one to start the speculation of a relationship between Capote and Smith (Voss 276). The article was insightful to read after reading the book. There were homosexual subtexts in the book. This was helpful into considering a different side to the book. Capote favored Smith all throughout his book, and this articles helps to come to a conclusion about the two

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