Truman Capote 's The Cold Blood Essay

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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 kids, Nancy and Kenyon Clutter. Capote begins the novel by symbolically explaining and telling the story of the everyday lives of the simple, yet wealthy, Clutter family at their Kansas ranch, up until their deaths. The author, while giving his audience a glimpse and understanding of each of the family members, in contrast, shifts to the different chapters in between these moments, and show how Perry and Richard, also known as Dick, gather materials and plan out the events that will soon be used during the murder scene. The novel carries the themes of the struggle of insanity, distrust within a community, and the obsession of finding justice. The recurring flashbacks throughout the story give detailed backgrounds of important…

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