Examples Of Nature Vs Nurture In Cold Blood

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x November 15th, 1959, the day that would change the lives and instill fear into the citizens of those living in the small town Holcomb, Kansas. Truman Capote 's, In Cold Blood, paints the picture of the brutal murders of the Clutter family. Readers are taken on a suspenseful journey throughout the novel as they search for the answer to the question-- why? What could make a person commit such a crime, and then go on to continue their life with complete disregard to the event. The crisis, that is narrated in Truman Capote 's novel, develops the concept of nature versus nurture. Nature versus nurture is an ongoing debate concerning the inner apparatuses of individuals minds that in the opinions of many, will never be fully resolved. Are …show more content…
Capote writes, "Mr. Hickok spent three hours with his son...“having your boy hang, knowing he will, nothing worse can happen to a man"(258-259). This excerpt is taken from the scene where Dick 's father spends time with him and accuses Perry for being the real culprit after Dick puts all the blame for the murders on his partner. Even with their son on trial for murder, the Hickoks continued to show love and support toward Dick, which proves that in fact, Dick came from a family that showed him loving nurture. Thus, a lack of nurture can be ruled out as the catalyst for the crime, leading to the other option, it was in his …show more content…
Truman Capotes writes of an account between Mrs. Meier and Perry that acknowledges his lack of nurture by disclosing,“Mrs. Meier explained that the cats were hunting for dead birds caught in the vehicles’ engine grilles. Thereafter it pained him to watch their maneuvers: “Because most of my life I’ve done what they’re doing. The equivalent.”(264). In this passage, Perry closely watches as stray cats feed off dead birds from his jail cell. He responds by stating that he can relate to the cats because he too was on his own, and had to live off of scraps. From being denied an education and abused in an orphanage, Perry suffered just as much as these unfortunate cats, who have no choice but to look out for themselves. Overall, Truman Capote 's, In Cold Blood, creates a role for each of the criminals, Dick Hickok and Perry
Barbosa 3 Smith, that associates to the conflict nature versus nurture. Perry serves as the example of a non-nurturing childhood that led to creating a person capable of murder. While on the other hand, Dick serves as an example of the opposite of Perry and lack of nurture, in which it is just a person 's nature to do wrong, and in the novel 's case, to kill. Capote uses this conflict to show the complexity of the minds and thoughts of criminals, and show the reader what possible motivations the killers have when following through in their

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