Truman Capote's Book Analysis

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Although Capote’s book is non-fiction, there are many places where controversy takes place. Truman Capote wrote a non-fiction novel; he called his style of writing “new journalism”. He added elements of fiction such as dialogue to a nonfiction story but make the general public believe that his novel is 100% true. Capote achieves this with the help of friend and fellow author, Harper Lee, by documentary authenticity “by his extensive use of special kinds of “official records,” of these include: letters, diaries and written statements (Pizer 111). The gaps that were left I the story, Capote had filled with his cinematic writing style. Even though critics such as Phillip Tomkins believe that Capote should have been more traditional with nonfiction …show more content…
Find the hidden animals. I feel they must be there – if I only could see them” (Capote 83). By foreshadowing the arrest of the criminals, Capote builds suspense in the story, and hints to further understanding of the crime. By referring to the murderers as animals, Capote is addressing the opposing view which is the general public’s view of the criminals. In the events leading up to the crime, Dick becomes more and more excited as he and Perry approach the town. Dick repeats, “This is it, this is it, this has to be it!” (Capote 97) to build suspense and express Dick’s excitement to the robbery that was about to take place. With this level of excitement, there is no mystery as to why Dick and Perry were so angry and outraged when they arrived to the house to find no riches.
Capote ties the events and individuals in a way to hold his reader’s attention. He structures In Cold Blood like a motion picture to portray his point of view in an interesting and entertaining way. He uses cinematic imagery such as close ups, flashbacks to their past and background detail to structure the novel (A Critical Survey of Long Fiction 448). The sections of the novel are linked to each other by the progression of both parties until the two groups meet in the murder (Pizer, par.

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