Use Of Imagery In In Cold Blood By Truman Capote

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Holcomb, Kansas is a normal small town with a restaurant, post-office, and its very own school system. In In Cold Blood Truman Capotes describes the small town and its simple atmosphere with uses of selection of detail, imagery, and structure, while setting up for a dramatic and twisting change. “Not that there is a lot to see” is the first impression Capote gives of Holcomb to the readers. But he seems to contradict himself considering the majority of imagery in the passage relies on visual imagery. Capote goes on to describe the decaying town dotted with a building that is described as “ stark old stucco structures” , which holds a sign reading “dance” that no longer holds dances. Additionally, he
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When describing the fields, Capote almost seems delighted with its features when he says “the views are awesomely extensive” and “…grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples..”. The natural aspect of the scene is very appealing to Capote but starkly contrasts with the portrayal of the people of Holcomb. The detail used to describe them shows that he is almost looking down on the village and its inhabitants. Throughout the passage, Truman often refers to the villagers as a whole and makes generalizations about their appearances, their “twang”, and their beliefs. Additionally, In paragraph 5, Capote says “The inhabitants of the village, numbering two hundred and seventy, were satisfied that this should be so, quite content to exist inside ordinary life.” By showing their contentness and making more broad, negative generalizations about the people, Capote portrays Holcomb as simple and one-dimensional. He presumably does this to help the readers realize the shock of the out of ordinary events that are about to occur. Capote also portrays Holcomb as isolated by using details like “lonesome” and “out there”. Instead of naming specifically where Holcomb is located, Capote says that is is “some seventy miles east of the Colorado border” showing that is farther away of society, more remote, and unaffected and continually mentions ways in which the town is lacking. The details like “aimless congregation of buildings” and “…not that there is much to see.” suggest that Capote finds the town lacking liveliness and personality. Overall, Capote seems quite disappointed with town of Holcomb. By using quotation marks to show his disapproval with the apartment houses and using words like “ ramshackle”; “irrelevant”; and “dry”, Capote clearly displays his disinterest with the appearance of the

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