Analysis Of Truman Capote 's Cold Blood Essay

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In spite of Truman Capote’s attempt to create a new literary genre and account for true events in an unbiased manner in In Cold Blood, one must take into account the rumored relationship Truman had supposedly formed with Perry Smith that shines through in both the novel and the way in which Perry is portrayed. Capote introduces the reader to Dick Hickock and Perry Smith and it seems that right from the beginning Capote has set up Perry’s character to appeal more to the sympathetic side of readers. In Cold Blood is a romance of the ordinary, a narrative that proceeds from the premise that truth is more compelling than fiction. The impact of juxtaposition of these two related-but-distinct accounts of the same time span is that Truman tries to separate the “killer” from Perry, however, enforces the same idea upon Dick to influence the reader into commiserating Perry.
The two passages reveal Dick and Perry’s polar personalities. Dick is obsessed with the idea of being seemingly normal and see’s himself as nothing less and nothing more- just predominantly ordinary. He came from a rather stable life, had a fair childhood, was married twice, and had children and evidently does not suffer from the same self-consciousness issues that plague the effeminate Perry. In Perry’s eyes, he see’s all the things he wishes for himself in Dick. He finds himself tough, invulnerable and masculine. “When Perry asked Dick, ‘Know what I think?’ he knew he was beginning a conversation that would…

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