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

1020 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Nothing in life is set in stone and nothing in life is ever promised. Life has its twists and turns, its ups and downs, and its struggle it makes people go through. In the case of Truman Capote 's true crime novel In Cold Blood, life throws a curve-ball at the seemingly tranquil, open community of Holcomb, Kansas where the murders of the Clutter family disrupts the fictitious portrayal of the town. In three distinctive parts of the novel-Part I, Part II, Part II-Capote transitions from the once amicable Holcomb to a malicious, nefarious town with equally narcissistic citizens. Capote use of a variety of rhetorical devices illustrates the tone shift within the community in response to the gruesome murders. In Part I of the novel, Capote paints Holcomb as a bucolic yet harmonious community. With a population "numbering two hundred and seventy, [they] were satisfied that this should be so, quite content to exist inside ordinary life- to work, to hunt, to watch television, to attend school socials, choir practice, meetings of the 4-H Club" ( Capote, 5). Capote uses enumeration to describe and highlight the mundane community Holcomb is. Despite that, according to the residents, they are content with what Holcomb allotted them and appreciate the "ordinary life". Holcomb is often merely referred to as a spot on the great U.S. map. However, it is more than that. It is a community with cordial neighbors and inhabitants whom at first may have not seen what a hidden gem Holcomb…

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