Truman Capote's In Cold Blood Essays

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In Cold Blood is a true account of a multiple murder case that took place in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959, written by Truman Capote. Capote’s attention to detail causes the reader to gain an extreme interest in the Clutter family even though they were an ordinary family. The suspense that is a result of minimal facts and descriptive settings was an elaborate stylistic technique that gave effective results throughout the book. His ability to make this account of a horrid crime more than just a newspaper description was a great success as a base of his many literary devices, not just is great focus to small details. Capote’s structure throughout the entire book created an excellent backbone to tell the two alternating perspectives of the …show more content…
For example, in one part of the book it begins by saying," Nancy and her protégée, Jolene Katz, were also satisfied..." (24). While the next section starts off, “The two young men [Dick and Perry] had little in common, but they did not realize it, for they shared a number of surface traits" (30). Although the novel has a suspenseful constitution the author added to it by using foreshadowing. This has the reader questioning certain details or looking for certain unanswered issues. Thus, the result is merely interesting and thrilling to figure out what will be on the next page of the book. For example, in the beginning of the novel he writes, “Mr. Clutter seldom encountered trespassers on his property; a mile and a half from the highway…” (13). As the reader continues to read they are just identified as ‘five pheasant hunters from Oklahoma’, however later on in the book the true identity is revealed (121). Capote’s obvious intentions to leave out key events and information leads to the curiosity of the reader. Such as when he did not specify how the Clutter family was slay until after the murders were in custody. Even though the trial of the criminals was a judgmental process the author remained unbiased at all times and revealed no personal opinion. Capote’s continued to write throughout the book in the third person viewpoint even before the trial which

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