Essay on Truman Capote 's The Cold Blood

728 Words Oct 31st, 2016 3 Pages
Throughout Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, there is a reoccurring theme of good and evil. The readers are constantly wondering if the murderers were evil. The quote, “Inside of us, there is the speed of both good and evil. It is a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other” relates to the texts main characters (Burdon). Capote uses informed opinions and vivid descriptions to debate the good within evil, and how Perry and Dick relate to this. By the use of these rhetorical strategies, Burro’s quote is proved valid through Capote’s text. Perry Smith could be the most highly debated character character, because he was not truly evil. Perry uses his own opinions to justify and explain his crime. Perry explains, “I didn 't want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman…I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat” (Capote 302). When Capote included this dialogue in the text, it emphasizes the them of good and evil. Perry’s confession supports Burdon’s quote by portraying the both his debatably good and evil side. Perry clarifies that he had good intentions but continued to follow through with the murder. After reading Burdon’s quote, most would argue that his “evil side” won. Capote also makes use of the emotional thoughts the characters had, which prove Burdon’s quote valid. He utilizes the characters thoughts to express this question, “were the two of them honest to God going to get away with doing a thing like…

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