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What drives people to the edge? So far gone that they commit heinous crimes, and become compulsive liars for only their benefit. That’s the question Truman Capote tries to answer in his novel, “In Cold Blood”. Capote analyzes the two killers of the Clutter family, Dick Hickock, and Perry Smith, to inform the audience on who they were and not just what they were. First off, the Clutter’s were a family who lived in the small town of Holcomb Kansas. They were a quaint family who resided in that town until the night those two men decided to murder them. As Capote slices up the evidence, his thoughts are clear on who he thought deserved the lighter sentence, the one who may have been just as dangerous, but still loosely grounded. All in all, Capote directs the traffic on which road to take in deciding who to side and why. First off is Dick Hickock, the literal thinker who makes rash decisions, is the first in the hot seat when introduced by Capote. Hickock is immediately portrayed as your everyday criminal, already driving up …show more content…
Perry is deemed the ‘winner’ of this book, and by winner, the one who seemed to harbor the better reputation in the end. Even though both men are killers, Capote acts like Perry’s lawyer in hopes to reduce the stigma of who he was. Both men were guilty, but in making Perry the weak chick from the batch, it seems as if his death was unnecessary. Capote was torn to the ground in hopes of a better conclusion, he sympathizes with Perry due to their seemingly close paths, and he showcased all that he was and what he could have been. In conclusion, “In Cold Blood” not only involved the death of the Clutter’s, Dick, and Perry but the decline of Truman Capote as he had dug the soil in search for the rabbit hole that would save them

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