Essay about Rhetorical Analysis Of Truman Capote 's ' Cold Blood '

1113 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Through the use of rhetorical strategies, Truman Capote manipulates the reader’s emotions by portraying Perry Smith in In Cold Blood as a sympathetic character. Perry Smith, along with his partner Dick Hickock, murder the Clutters, a well loved family in the town of Holcomb, Kansas. This small town consists of people, who immediately outkast the murders because they only understand their own lives, and nothing outside of Holcomb. Although there are two murderers, this rhetorical analysis will solely focus on Perry’s traumatic childhood. To share an outsider’s point of view of the situation, Capote uses simile, alliteration, and theme to influence the reader to sympathize with Perry, rather than to condemn him.
The rhetorical strategies Capote uses to create sympathy towards Perry are simile and alliteration. Growing up, Perry’s parents abused, neglected and abandoned him. As the reader gains a better understanding of Perry Smith’s character, she begins to feel compassion for him. Capote describes Perry’s horrendous childhood in a statement the murderer wrote to Dr. Jones, a psychiatrist. The statement is for the doctor to read aloud during Perry’s trial to determine whether the murderer can get a life long sentence in prison or head down death roy. Throughout the statement, Perry advocates for himself and hopes that the judge and people in the courthouse will understand how desperate he is. When Capote writes: “I run as free & wild as a coyote,” (275) it helps strengthen the…

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