Essay about Analysis Of Truman Capote 's The Village Of Holcomb

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“The village of Holcomb stands on the wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call ‘out there’” (3).

Development of main idea: The author, Truman Capote, uses the setting to distinguish an underlying theme of community and how a murder would affect the way others might look at each other in a small town. This quote distinguishes how isolated the people in that town are and how they only have the people living in that town to count on.
2. “Situated at the end of a long, lanelike driveway shaded by rows of chinese elms, the handsome white house standing on an ample lawn of groomed bermuda grass impressed Holcomb; it was a place people pointed out” (10).
Development of main idea: This quote helps the development of a theme of setting and community. The long, winding driveway shows how vulnerable the family is, even if they are successful. Their house is isolated, and therefore, they would have a hard time calling anyone for help.
3. “She was ‘nervous’, she suffered ‘little spells’ such were the sheltering expressions used by those close to her”(7).
Development of main idea: Along the storyline, there are events that portray mental illness, which brings attention to the theme of being sick and how it can affect you and your physiological decisions. This quote can give insight on Bonnie’s characterization and how her mental illness can be seen as a flaw in the very “perfect” Clutter family.
4. “This hitherto peaceful…

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