The Death Of A Murderer By Truman Capote Essays

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The desperation and agony of a flawed and failed view of a dream consorts to the genesis of fault and immorality. Sometimes it takes a great occurrence to produce a change. The humanization of a murderer is difficult idea to grasp but is a necessity to clearly define the blindness and innocence of the killer. Ultimately, the confection of these concepts sets the stage for a murder novel. In his book, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote illustrates the murder of a family with strong metaphors and symbolism to attempt to display the humanization of the murderers and the American Dream with the ideological changes in the town of Holcomb. The humanization of the murderer Perry depicts itself through symbolism by explaining his blindness and innocence with desperation. When the murderers are in Mexico, “A thief had stolen the [Perry’s] Gibson guitar,” in which the guitar symbolizes Perry’s innocence because it is the only barrier from his chastity to corruption (Capote 124). Now that Perry’s only memento from childhood is gone, so is his innocence. The effect of the stolen guitar illustrates how Perry acts resistant to Dick and his ideals while he still had integrity, but now that he is deep into the crime, he loses his morality and innocence. Capote includes symbolism of the two murderers as “two gray tomcats who are always together” and how these tomcats extract “every feathery particle” out of desperation and blindness as the murderers symbolically do as well (246).…

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