Analysis Of Truman Capote 's ' Cold Blood ' Essay

1209 Words Nov 16th, 2014 5 Pages
In the 1965 novel In Cold Blood, the author, Truman Capote writes of the Clutter family tragedy and the aftermath. Capote narrates subjectively, allowing his opinions and feelings affect the way the reader feels towards the story and characters. Throughout the novel, Capote’s use of diction, detail, syntax, and figurative language leads the reader to make a distinction between Perry and Dick.
The most essential fact in determining whether Capote is an objective or subjective narrator is indirectly mentioned only once in the novel. Capote and Perry, over the course of many years, visits, and conversations developed a strong relationship. So strong, in fact, that some question if the two were in love (Andrew Gumbel n.pag.). In the process of researching the novel, Capote performed a series of interviews with everyone even remotely involved with the Clutters and the killers. After the discovery of the killers, Capote spends most of his time interacting with them. Perry and Capote then become friends, even the best of friends, “The most worth-while friend I ever had, really sensitive and intelligent, he turned out to be queer.” Even in his novel Capote has mentioned the fact that Perry is very deceiving, “Oh, he can fool you. He can make you feel so sorry for him.” This relationship with Perry clearly affects the way Capote writes, as much of the novel is subjective. It plays a large role in the way the killers are portrayed, Capote allowing his sympathy for Perry to shine…

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