In Cold Blood Analysis Essay

2487 Words Feb 15th, 2012 10 Pages
Connor Rethman
Mrs. Franscell
English 3 AP/Dual
2 Dec. 2011
Nonfiction on a New Level Crime and glimpses into the heads of criminal masterminds has always been something that fascinates people. Although crime is a terrible thing, the complexity and intricacy of it is something that people love to hear about. One can turn on the news at any given time and almost certainly hear an account of some form of a crime within ten minutes. In the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, an account to a perplexing crime is taken to a whole new level. The Clutter family was a charming family of four that lived in the little town of Holcomb, Kansas. They were brutally murdered with no apparent motive by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, two men that had
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The same is done when the reader is introduced to Perry Smith. Capote describes his stature as “…no taller than a twelve-year-old child, and suddenly looked, strutting on stunted legs that seemed grotesquely inadequate to the grown-up bulk they supported, not like a well-built truck driver but like a retired jockey, overblown and muscle-bound” (Capote 15). This description causes the reader to view Perry as a short, stocky, and disproportionate individual – someone that one wouldn’t want to cross paths with. Like Dick, he is depicted as a typical criminal, which was the intent of Capote. Imagery is also used in some cases when describing locations. When we are first introduced to the little town of Holcomb, Kansas, it is depicted very vividly. The author says that “The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them” (Capote 3). This paints an almost utopian picture in the reader’s mind, and that is what Capote desired. Comparing the grain elevators on the land to Greek temples brings to mind the towering white pillars and the Greek’s prosperous civilization. Capote intends to make Holcomb seem like the ideal town so that when the reader learns of the brutal murder, they are just as taken aback as the other characters in

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