In Cold Blood, the American Dream and Loss of Innocence Essay

2553 Words May 22nd, 2013 11 Pages
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The American Dream In the non-fiction novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, four horrific murders shock the small, innocent town of Holcomb, Kansas, the murders all occur on one night killing an entire family. Before the killings, the town felt like a family. The citizens of Holcomb were seen as good people, innocent and free of worry. However, after the Clutter murders take place, a community that seems so tightly knit quickly dissipates. The murder
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The Ashida’s do not feel happy with what they have in Holcomb, so naturally they push on, innocently, just as the American Dream tells them to. “The American dream hinges on the idea that you have to be happy with what you have before you can truly achieve happiness… He is dissatisfied with where he is in Holcomb, so he aspires to become wealthier, more powerful in his job, and he believes that this will make him happier.” But eventually we reach the pinnacle of our success and can venture no further. We must learn to accept success when it presents itself and acknowledge our limitations. When the Clutter murders occur, the citizens of Holcomb learn about this limit of success. They understand that their dreams can dissolve at any moment, and to accept happiness, even if only a little exists. Along with the Ashidas, Dewey, an investigator of the Clutter case, has a dream of success. Dewey has two boys and a wife, Marie, all of whom he feels responsible for. Dewey devotes himself to serve them; he functions as their protector, mentor, father, and friend. “Dewey was fifty-one, four years older than when he supervised the Clutter investigation . . . . The dream of settling on his farm had not come true, for his wife’s fear of living in that sort of isolation had never lessened. Instead, the Dewey’s had built a new house in town; they were proud of it, and proud, too, of both their sons, who were

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