The Death Of Henry Smith And Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Truman Capote’s 1965 novel In Cold Blood, was based upon the true events of the Clutter family murder case, that occurred in the year 1959, in the very modest town of Holcomb, Kansas. The story revolves around the two insensitive murderers, Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock, whom have had the past of growing up in completely opposite home environments from one another, and the detective Alvin Dewey, who goes out of his ways to try his best to capture these criminals. Although Perry and Richard seem to have very distinguished personalities, they are both are found in the same position of robbing the lives of the four family members that include committed worker, Herbert Clutter, his depressed wife Bonnie Clutter, and his young teenaged …show more content…
He carries around with him the burden of his early years of child abuse, not only from his mother, but also a nun that would ridicule him and beat him for wetting his bed. When it comes to confess his actions, all that he could reply was with, “they [the Clutters] 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.” (Capote, 192). Perry Smith admits to not feeling any sympathy towards the family, even after of having been the one who caused them to lose their lives. He seems to not have seen his wrong doing, since he was mistreated at such a young age, it was just his way of compensating after all those years. In a similar situation, the anonymous man in The Tell-Tale-Heart, plans the death of the old man whom he looked after for. He admits in “lov[ing] the old man” ( Poe) as he never “wronged him”(Poe), and as for asking the question of why he did kill, he states “object there was none” (Poe). The short story is based on the narrator, an anonymous man, who tries his very best to prove and explain the reasoning of all his atrocious actions towards the old man, whom he lived with. Both of these character’s seem to not fully understand what it really means to be capable of taking the life of someone, and yet not give a reasconable answer to why they did …show more content…
One of the vital character’s in this novel, includes detective Dewey, whom played a big part with the help of discovering who the murderers were. During that process, detective Dewey takes the whole situation to a new level of becoming psychologically attached to this case, and he feels like he, “know[s] Herb and the family better that they know themselves” (Capote, 92), and has an unreasonable understanding of being “ haunted by them… and always be, unit [he] knows what happened”. It was his strange way of relating to the Clutter family, to his own life, as he has his family, and can not imagine his loved one ever going through that amount of pain. This theme relates to the novel of Les Miserables, as the police named Javert, becomes obsessed with hunting down the escaped convict, Jean Valjean. He later on in the novel begins to realize that he was so focused on capturing this man, that he seems to lose his true self, and recognizes his reflection of an enraged soul, one which he, at the end, desires to change (Hugo). These two characters, Dewey and Javert, share the struggle of allowing their profession take over their lives, and in effect, also cause them emotional harm, not only to them, but to those who surround them as

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