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

1153 Words Sep 14th, 2015 5 Pages
The nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, entirely reconstructed a horrific crime scene while depicting the lives of the runaway murderers. The author, Truman Capote, uses montage (a form of writing that switches back and forth) to allow the readers to see into the lives of the killers and the petrified people of Holcomb, Kansas. On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert, Bonnie, Kenyon and Nancy Clutter in their farmhouse. Floyd Wells, a previous cell mate of Dick Hickock, told him previously of a safe that was hidden in Mr. Clutter’s home office. Dick and Perry’s motive was to rob the Clutter family; however, they had no intentions on leaving behind witnesses. Capote tells the tale of Dick and Perry’s roundabout with the police, but he has a paramount reason as to why he focuses on the lives of the murderers. Although Perry was ultimately the murderer of the whole Clutter family, Capote criticizes Dick exceedingly to the point that the readers feel bad for Perry and his nurture. Truman uses his writing style, secondary characters and “nature versus nurture” to convince the reader that Perry is insane and ultimately should not be guilty. Every author has their own style of writing, yet Capote seems to use his as an advantage over the reader. Capote uses syntax to make Dick seem more aware of what they have done; this means that he would have known right from wrong during the time of the murders. Perry talks in short, simple sentences that…

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