Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Truman Capote’s 1966 novel In Cold Blood, revolves around the life of the three main characters, the Clutter family, the killers (Perry and Dick), and a persistent detective (Alvin Dewey). By doing this, he allows an insight of the family and killers before the murder, of 4 out of 6 members of the Clutter family, to portray the lives the characters had which lead up to this event. He also involves other minor characters to show how the tragedy taken place on November 15, 1959 affected not only the town of Holcomb, Kansas but the nation. Aswell for Alvin Dewey, who dedicates every minute of his day to solve the mystery of the devastation, with help of three other detectives to try to identify the murderers while they are traveling North America …show more content…
Such as first off, the narrator reveals religious view play a leading role in the actions that are done or expected. As the narrator has the characters in shock thinking how can “something like this happen to [the Clutters]” (Capote 70) while numerous people “saw them every Sunday at church” (Capote 80) nothing was to occur to them. Ironically, Jesus is meant to “save” us as taught from the bible, but with the connotation shown they should have been “saved” not murdered because they constantly go to church. In The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier’s characters go through similar religious irony where there setting is based off of a Catholic school where anything but religion takes place. Though the teachers still preach the word of the lord, other activities take place where brother Leon is tormenting a student named Bailey for getting a good grades by saying "are you perfect, Bailey? All those As – that implies perfection. Is that the answer, Bailey? […] Only God is perfect, Bailey."(Cormier 36-38) comparing him to God. Though one is verbal and the other is situational irony of different scenarios of religion, both Capote’s narrator and Cormier’s Leon differ from the usual perception of how religious people are supposed to act even if they go to church daily or work afflicted with

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