The Themes Of Criminality In John Capote's In Cold Blood

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In Cold Blood is a compilation of Capote’s six years of research on the Clutter Murders. Many believe that Capote changed the facts of his story and added details that were not there in order to support his claims. Capote even admitted, at one point, that his book was very opinionated. However, Capote had a way of using his writing to bring forth a deeper meaning.

Capote was a very talented man. Among many other things, he had a powerful way of drawing in his reader by the tone he used. He pays very close attention to the way that he tells the story in order to generate pathos within the readers mind. In Cold Blood begins with this statement:

That statement is basically the only time in the whole book when Capote would be speaking directly to the reader. Throughout the remainder of his work he uses tone and journalistic seriousness to create a feeling of tragedy and sadness that relates the reader to the characters in In Cold Blood. Capote is able to capture the readers attention and pull them into the story as he talks about how Perry and Dick became criminals and how criminality leads to
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Its almost as though he is always reading right beside you. Observing, as you do, how these crimes unfold and reveal the layers of intentions. He uses logos to persuade the readers mind to those theories of criminality.

These theories give reason as to why Dick and Perry did what they did. Criminality takes many different shapes and forms but how does criminality tie in with the Clutter murders? What could have brought these men to commit such a horrid crime?

After the murders, the people of Kansas wanted answers and they wanted the men responsible to be punished. However, when Perry Smith and Dick Hickock were caught many people were shocked at how normal looking and innocent they looked. It just didn't make sense that these normal looking men would wind up killing a

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