Analysis Of Truman Capote 's ' The Cold Blood ' Essay

1154 Words May 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
Truman Capote revisits the 1959 Holcomb, Kansas, tragedy and recreates the surrounding of the monstrous Clutter murders in his contentious non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood, along with that, he recalls extensive the manhunt and trials that followed. Capote wrote the book to demonstrate, what he views as, the “cold-blooded” cruelty of the death penalty in the United States. However, opposite to Capote’s intentions, through his long attempt to argue against capital punishment as the severest form of a criminal 's sentence, Capote’s shown empathy towards any murderer, not just that of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, actually works towards his stance’s demise once he shifts the novel’s concentration to the Kansas State Penitentiary for Men’s Death Row and its occupiers. Among the six who passed through Death Row during Smith and Hickock’s stay, a certain three show the dior need for capital punishment in the United States- Lowell Lee Andrews, George Ronald York, and James Douglas Lantham. These 3 criminals all lacked the expression of absolutely any remorse for the multiple homicides they committed, and Capote’s explanation on each man’s beliefs demonstrates that certain ideals can lead to moral deficiencies. Each of these men does not think that taking a human life is wrong, despite their understanding that, by societal standards, it is. Having this belief is not a crime punishable by death; however, acting upon it is. Being unable to uphold such a fundamental concept as…

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