Analysis Of Truman Capote 's `` New Journalism `` Essay

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Although Capote’s book is non-fiction, there are many places where controversy takes place. Truman Capote wrote a non-fiction novel; he called his style of writing “new journalism”. He added elements of fiction such as dialogue to a nonfiction story but make the general public believe that his novel is 100% true. Capote achieves this with the help of friend and fellow author, Harper Lee, by documentary authenticity “by his extensive use of special kinds of “official records,” of these include: letters, diaries and written statements (Pizer 111). The gaps that were left I the story, Capote had filled with his cinematic writing style. Even though critics such as Phillip Tomkins believe that Capote should have been more traditional with nonfiction to provide an accurate representation of the murder accounts (par. 2), Truman Capote wanted to not only depict the crime, but more so help his audience to understand what was going through the heads of the murderers as they were committing the crime. Many people had believed that the murders were committed by psychopaths because they did not understand the crime or the criminals. Capote originally wrote a short version of this novel for the New Yorker, but expanded on the story when he became obsessed with the murder cases (Pizer, par. 4). His obsession led to him wanting to humanize the crime and violence rather than describe the story itself. A similar author Allen Gauthreaux felt that the victims and criminals depicted in his…

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