Truman Capote 's The Cold Blood Essay

1001 Words Oct 29th, 2015 5 Pages
Truman Capote 's In Cold Blood Is based on true events. On November 16, 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas four members of the clutter family, Herb, Bonnie, Nancy, and Kenyon, were found dead, bound and shot in the head with a shotgun. With no apparent motive for the crime, detectives are left almost clueless. With the help of a former cellmate of the killers, detectives were able to identify the killers as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Capote reconstructs the series of events leading up to and after the murders. Capote writes for the reader to feel sympathy towards Perry despite his criminal past, because Capote himself is similar to Perry; the reader sympathizes with Capote.

Capote portrays Perry to be fueled by an uncontrollable anger, but provides him with the excuse of a broken childhood to excuse the horrible things he did. There is, as depicted by Capote, a long life of hardships that lead to the Perry capable of murder. The book describes in detail the hardships Perry faced as a child. A piece that added to the brokenness of Perry 's childhood is his dysfunctional family. In order to hold them accountable for Perry 's future actions, Capote makes a point to mention his family multiple times. The main problems Perry is faced with is coping with the death of his brother and sister. Capote writes, "Fern, jumped out of a window of a San Francisco hotel. Jimmy, who had one day driven his wife to suicide and killed himself next" (131). Ferns death affected Perry the most because…

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