The Cold Blood By Truman Capote Essay

1056 Words Nov 29th, 2014 5 Pages
There is a saying that a person does not simply “receive” his or her identity and that an identity is more than a face but rather something people must create for themselves. To many this is true, to others this is fake. People can determine who they are, which is their identity, without allowing outsiders influence them. It is just a matter of the heart. In the book In Cold Blood authored by Truman Capote, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were normal men before they turned into criminals. Although, Perry was reluctant about the plan of robbing the Clutters, observing the home makes him enter a state of frustration and resentment. The Clutters then become unfortunate victims of his wrath. Dick came up with the plan to raid the Clutter’s house, but wavered when the time came and became an onlooker when Perry murdered all four members of the Clutter family. To the naked eye these two men seem ruthless and unforgivable, but that is not true. Prior to this news we learn that both men have human characteristics. Perry is keen, creative and very intelligent, and that he comes from a troubled past and he wishes to escape his hardship by the means of a yellow parrot. Dick is the opposite of Perry’s character he is, self- assured, slick, and has real commitment. By the end of the book, however, the reader knows some of Dick’s self-insecurities: his failure to support his first family and his sexual desires in young girls, both of which he satisfies with poor and careless criminal…

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