Essay on The Medi A Cold Blooded Killer

1277 Words Oct 14th, 2016 6 Pages
The media’s role in America is to provide an unbiased overview of current events happening in the world. But do we ever truly receive an objective view of any given situation? When a man is put on trial for murder, and pleads guilty, do reporters respect him, or do they treat him like an animal, ready to be prodded for statements? When a detective has information on a case, does the media let him lead a normal life? Or is he harassed by reporters day and night, in his own home? As a reporter, Capote reveals more than just the surface value of Perry Smith and Al Dewey. Perry is more than a cold-blooded killer, Al Dewey is more than a source of clues and information on a compelling murder case. Capote delves deep into the lives of both Smith and Dewey, exposing the depth and complexity of who they are. By doing this, Capote reveals the true nature of these two men, and therefore plays on the reader’s emotions, creating a sense of sympathy for these key characters in his book, In Cold Blood. Perhaps the most detailed character in Capote’s book is Perry Smith. Smith’s background and personal life makes up the longest chapter in the book, and is incredibly specific. Capote examines Perry’s childhood and adolescence and its factor in his character and his role in the murder of the Clutter family. Smith’s childhood was rocky and difficult, filled with abuse and neglect. His mother and father were separated very early in his life, and his mother is described as a “disgraceful…

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