Truman Capote 's The Cold Blood Essay

1564 Words May 4th, 2015 7 Pages
While the heart acts as batteries, which keeps the body moving. It is the conscious human mind that makes individuals what they are. It is the human mind, which establishes an individual from one another. When the conscious human mind is distorted, it is referred to as a mental illness. Mental illnesses affects the conscious minds mood, thinking and behavior. In Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood, he depicts the horrors of a crime which happened in a small and quiet neighborhood. What gave the novel its legacy, was not only that it was based on real events, but the horrendous details about the crime that was described. In the novel, Capote’s primary focus centers on the character Perry who suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia. Perry Smith is a thief on parole from the Kansas State Penitentiary, an idealist who dreams of being magically delivered from his troubled life, a man who lies about killing a man just to impress. Perry 's a complicated guy, full of contradictions and quick changes. He 's Capote 's most complex character. Capote uses the complexity of Perry’s character in order to find the answer of why he murdered the Clutter family. Throughout the novel, Capote tries to present an accurate portrait of Perry and apparent his mental illness. In Cold Blood successfully achieves the portrait of Perry’s mental illness by revealing Perry’s diagnosis and symptoms from a professional. The book also gives a starting background to Perry’s apparent cause of schizophrenia and…

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