Biblical Allusions In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood, is rich in allusions. Throughout the novel Capote uses allusions to call something to mind and he does this without directly mentioning it. Many of the allusions Capote uses are Biblical references. Early on in the book the reader is aware that someone is going to be killed. Capote is building the suspense early on in the book. He first makes a biblical reference when Mr. Clutter says, “an inch more of rain and this country would be paradise—Eden of earth” (12). In the Bible, Eden is known as the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve live in this Garden, but are not supposed to eat the fruit that grew on the tree of knowledge. God created an animal known as the serpent and it tricked Eve into eating an apple from the …show more content…
The people of Holcomb believed that they were all safe and secure in their homes. They thought nothing bad could ever happen to them because nothing bad had happened before. Even though Holcomb has some of the nicest and innocent people living in it, bad things can happen to the people in it. The Biblical reference of Eve in the Garden of Eve, creates an allusion for the reader. Capote wants the reader to recall this Biblical story and have it relate to what is happening in the novel. In the same section, Capote makes another Biblical reference when he says, “Though he was a good sentry, alert, ever ready to raise Cain, his valor had one flaw: let him glimpse a gun, as he did now—for the intruders were armed—and his head dropped, his tail turned in.”(13). During this part, Capote is describing the family’s dog, Teddy. He was Kenyon’s dog he adopted and took pheasant hunting with him. Teddy was a good dog for the family, the only problems was Teddy was gun shy. Once he saw a gun he wouldn’t bark or attack the intruder, Teddy would just run away. Capote makes a references to Cain in this section of the novel. Cain and Abel were the two sons of Adam and Eve in the …show more content…
They don’t know who the murderers are and for all they know it could be there neighbor, friend, co-worker, or even a family member. Something like the town of Holcomb or the Garden of Eden could sound so sweet and innocent and at the same time be ruined. The allusion show that the town is going to be turned to evil and will lose its innocence just like Eve did when she ate the apple from the tree of knowledge. Theses allusions early on in the novel are very effective to the development of the town and the tone. At first Holcomb is portrayed as a normal town where nothing bad ever happens. Its described as dry and not much ever happening there. The Biblical allusions are helping develop the tone of suspicion throughout the first part of the book. The reader is aware people are going to get murdered, but Capote furthers this idea with using references to Adam and Eve and also Cain and Abel. The town is not as safe and secure as it thinks it is. Anyone can be tempted and turn of someone. Capote uses the Biblical allusions to show the loss of innocence and something good and nice can be turned evil by someone in the same town or someone from that

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