The Headless Hawk By Truman Capote Analysis

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The Death of Dreams

Every person has dreams they would like to accomplish. In the stories by Truman Capote, the characters all have dreams that pertain to improving their lives or the lives of those around them. For many of the character’s in Capote’s stories, their lives are not perfect, and that as we have the ability to dream, those dreams will not always come true. Whether it is because of the decisions that we make or the decisions made for us, dreams will not always be achieved. While nearly everyone can relate to having dreams, wishing they would come true, and striving toward that end, Truman Capote explored the ways in which these dreams wither and die.

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both of Capote’s parents completely neglected him, and for a majority of his life young life, Capote lived with relatives in Alabama. When Capote’s parents made the decision to divorce, the two used young Truman as an opportunity to harm one another. The two decided to turn the divorce into a custody battle. In the end, Capote’s mother won. Therefore, Capote moved in with his mother and
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in the art gallery he works at. The painting is of a headless hawk. Vincent is described as, “... a man who belongs to nothing and no one” (Goad 23). Therefore, the two become lovers . However, it becomes apparent to Vincent that D.J. is insane. “As D.J. 's madness becomes increasingly clear to Vincent, he withdraws further from society and into the psychotic world of the girl” (Goad 23). Vincent realizes how close he is to becoming as insane as D.J. is. Therefore, Vincent decides to kick D.J. out of his apartment, and attempts to rid D.J. of his life. When Vincent decide to do so, his dreams of being with a woman, and to love another person, fails. All the dreams that the characters have depend on what they decide to do in order to obtain their

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