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    The Power of Capote In Cold Blood was a story which shook the nation. Describing the gruesome murders of the Clutter family, Truman Capote appeals to his readers’ emotions and plays on their empathy. As the story progresses, Capote’s focus changes. His purpose for writing this book seems to shift. He got emotionally invested in the characters, and that determined which direction the story went. Capote has a way of manipulating his readers into supporting his purpose. Their view of the characters is altered along with the purpose. One becomes attached to certain characters, such as Capote did when he was writing the story. As the investigation progresses, the storyline changes to accommodate one’s feelings. On November 14, 1959, four members…

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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…

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    Critical Analysis “She’s dead!” “It’s true, Daddy! Nancy’s dead!” (page 60). Truman Capote starts the book, In Cold Blood off by explaining how the innocent family of four, Mr. Clutter (Herb), Ms. Clutter (Bonnie), their daughter, Nancy Clutter, and their son, Kenyon Clutter, were brutally murdered in their home on November 15, 1959. But does not give a motive as to why they were killed. As Truman goes back and retraces the murder, he does a really good job of using a unique style to convey the…

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    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” is a captivating non-fiction novel describing the unveiling of a multiple murder that took place in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Capote portrayed Perry’s and Dick’s life as normal, by meticulously describing their journeys, such as going out to eat, fishing, and traveling. He attempted to be objective, yet his sympathy towards the criminals emerged. By using a third person, omniscient point of view he allows the reader to experience the emotional…

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    In the novel of In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, the town of Holcomb in the state of Kansas is seen as a small town of trusting neighbors forming into a small town of strangers due to the murder case of the Clutter family. The homicide of the family affected most of the people in Holcomb and changed the town as a whole. To convey this view of Holcomb and it’s people, Capote uses imagery, tone, and syntax to assist with the creation of the view being shown. Capote uses imagery to convey his…

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    Throught history the onward debate of, if Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood, is unbiased as been a open debate still today. As he goes into the investigation of the murders Truman devlops a relationship with them. Although Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood is about the killing and process of finding the murders, and their controversial debate over their sentence, the film Capote by Bennette Miller is about Capote himself. What Capote went through in order to produce the novel. Both the film…

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    In the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a documentary account of an American crime in an isolated town of Holcomb, Kansas. In this Nonfiction novel the first “characters” introduced were the innocent family of four who were brutally murdered. The Clutter family was very well-known around the Holcomb area, it came to a big shock as to why anyone would commit any crime against them. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were also in surprise when a robbery turned into a murder scene. Capote then…

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    In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, is a nonfiction novel about the mass murder of an innocent family. Though highly acclaimed, the book ends up falling short of its nonfiction description, as the article, “Critical Essay on In Cold Blood”, argues that there is great bias in In Cold Blood in the form of sympathy towards the main character, Perry Smith, which is certainly true. Instead of following the conventional format of a nonfiction mystery novel, Capote uses In Cold Blood as an outlet to…

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    It was a recipe for disaster: a picturesque family of four, a small town numbering 270, and two misunderstood ex-convicts –yet no one saw it coming. No one could have predicted that the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, his wife and 2 children would launch the town of Holcomb, Kansas out of obscurity and onto national headlines. But someone would take it upon himself to piece together the crime in a format far removed from the hysteria characterized by the news media. It was Truman Capote who in…

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    The way Capote writes In Cold Blood, the lives of the murderers seen more important than the victim's. By the end of the novel, the reader knows more about Dick and Perry than any of the Clutters. Very few details are given about the lives of the Clutters, whereas Dick and Perry's lives are clearly displayed for the reader. In a sense, Dick and Perry get more "screentime" than the Clutters do which leaves the reader to grow emotionally closer to the murderers. Generally, authors who write about…

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