In Cold Blood Rhetorical Analysis

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In the chapter “The Corner” pages 290-291, from the book In Cold Blood, by author Truman Capote we will take an inside look at how Capote takes advantage of rhetorical strategies to convey his attitude towards Perry Smith. Throughout the book Capote writes about the story behind the Clutter family murders from the eyes of the townspeople and the murderers, both Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, while doing so we can see the contrast of attitude that Capote has towards both Smith and Hickock. In this way, Capote uses strategies of characterization, and pathos to convey the words of Perry Smith.
In the beginning of page 290 we start off with the thoughts of Perry, in which he describes to us, through characterization, how Ms. Meier was a “terrific cook” and how “you ought to taste her Spanish rice” he then goes off to talk to
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The tough brass boy. But it wasn’t Dick or the fear of being identified. I was willing to take that gamble. And it wasn’t because of anything the Clutters did. They never hurt me. Like other people. Like people have all my life. Maybe it’s just that the Clutters were the ones who had to pay for it.” These words spoken by Perry, are some of the most inclusive and important words throughout the passage, and even throughout the book. This is where the reader really begins to feel bad for the Clutters, and maybe somewhat of mixed emotions and anger towards Smith. But the readers knows from both these words spoken above, and his childhood story, that his past was not one of positive nature. Maybe in a way this was a buildup of anger that Smith had just finally decided to let out, even on the innocent family of four. This is where the reader goes from being understanding of Smith, to almost feeling resentful and sorry for

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