Review Of ' Truman Capote 's ' Cold Blood ' Essay

2008 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Son T. Chau
Professor Hansen
December 8, 2016
First Draft

The Effects of Environment in In Cold Blood
In a nonfiction book, In Cold Blood, the author, Truman Capote, tells the story of the murder case of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. The novel is based on real-life crime which was committed by two convicts: Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. The crime is mentioned early on a book before the story begins: "four shot gun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives" (Capote 5). Those six lives are the four members of the Clutter family, and the two murderers who are eventually were executed by hanging to death at the Kansas State Penitentiary for their crimes. In the novel, Capote succeeds to describe complex behaviors and motives that led Smith and Hickock to commit the crime through interviews with the principals in the criminal case. Also, Capote managed to explain the complex psychological and social phenomena of two slaughters. He especially focused on Perry Smith who directly killed the Clutter family. Throughout the entire novel, the author has shown sympathy for Smith based on Smith’s life was exposed to constant violence and neglect from parents and society. However, some readers argue that Capote has shown his bias toward Perry Smith. He tried to defend Smith because he felt a connection between them since their childhoods have many similarities. Therefore, these opponents believe that Smith is a natural born killer since he killed Clutter…

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