Justice In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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What exactly is justice? Justice, in many cases, is an eye for an eye or maybe a hand for a hand. However, the only way justice can be served in this case is a life for a life. Perry Smith and Richard Hickock murdered the Clutter family, which consisted of Herb and Bonnie Clutter, and two of their children, Nancy and Kenyon on the night of November 15th, 1959. They shot each member at point blank range with a shotgun. They did this after they cut Herb Clutter's throat and tied up the entire family. They had left with less than fifty dollars and ended four human lives. Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, "In Cold Blood," gives several examples of how these two men are extremely guilty and deserve the death sentence to pay for their crimes against …show more content…
The singular reason was because they had heard that the family had lots of money located somewhere, but it was only a rumor they had heard. The men had no way of finding it or no proof of it actually existing. The two men deserve the death penalty because they murdered without care or thought of what the effects their actions would have on the town and the rest of the Clutter family. The murdered family deserves justice, and that will not be provided unless Smith and Hickock pay for their careless actions. One of the most distinctive phrase of Capote's novel was, "I didn't want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat." (157) This was said by Smith, and proves very clearly that they had no reason to murder the family and had no conscious that murdering a man who had done nothing to him was bad. Smith was the most violent towards Herb Clutter, also. He had cut Herb's throat and then shot him, causing him more pain than the other members of the family, for again, no real reason. The Clutter family deserve justice and the only way for that to happen is Smith and Hickock to receive the death penalty. The men murdered without provoking or reason, and they are very

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