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    appointment. However, the idea of irresponsibility takes on an entirely new meaning in Truman Capote’s true-crime novel In Cold Blood. In the novel, Capote analyzes the personalities of the late Clutters, but also those of the culprits, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. The author reveals volumes regarding their characters and even the parts of them that led to the murder of the Clutters. In In Cold Blood, an inability to take responsibility, on the part of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith,…

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    sane person wants to end up. Many characters in Truman Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood, end up in this very same place. Three of those characters left to hang were Perry Edward Smith, Richard “Dick” Eugene Hickock, and Lowell Lee “Andy” Anderson. All the crimes that they have committed result in the same consequence. While perusing this novel, the reader will learn more about two of these men along with the major crime the story revolves around. Truman shows these crimes that Perry, Dick, and Andy…

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    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a book that details the murder of members of the Clutter family. The book takes place in Holcomb, Kansas, a small and quiet city. Perry Smith and Richard Hickock were the two men convicted of murder. Essentially, Richard was the mastermind behind the murder, he was in charge and created the “blueprint” for the killing in which he used Perry as his puppet. Perry Smith was the man who actually did the killing, in other words he was the one who got his hands dirty.…

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    In Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood, Capote follows the stories of both a murdered family, the Clutters, and their murderers, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. Over the course of the novel, Capote reveals that Hickock and Smith met in prison and reconnected once they were both released (161). The pair’s target in invading the Clutter household was money in an alleged safe; murdering the Clutters would just ensure no witnesses could identify them as the killers (Capote 161). Eventually…

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    Truman Capote’s true crime novel In Cold Blood tells the story of the murder of a prominent family in Kansas. The Clutters- Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon were mercilessly murdered by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith on November 15, 1959. The murder of the Clutter family left the towns of Holcomb and Garden City, Kansas in shock and fear. Capote examines all aspects of the Clutter case throughout the novel. In 1967, director Richard Brooks brought Capote’s text to life in the film adaptation of In…

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    Truman Capote, the author of In Cold Blood, had an intense and meaningful relationship with both murderers of the Clutter family, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Readers of In Cold Blood do not have a full, unbiased view of the crime because of Capote’s relationship with Perry and Dick. In order to create a more sympathetic view of both Perry and Dick, but mostly Perry, Capote manipulated the story and information through examples and backstory to show the killers as sympathetic people instead of…

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    Compassion for the Killer Throughout In Cold Blood, Truman Capote writes with bias and embellishes much of the story of the 1959 Clutter Family mass murder. As Capote researched further into the murders, he developed a personal attachment to one of the killers. Even Capote’s most significant claims surrounding the Clutter Family mass murder are unreliable, as he is strongly biased towards one of the killers. Capote’s portrayals of the two murderers, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith, vary,…

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    In the opening excerpt from In Cold Blood, Truman Capote characterizes Holcomb, Kansas as a lonely, abandoned little town that focuses mainly on the children’s education and schooling. It’s a rather unknown settlement, in fact it’s “a lonesome area that other Kansans call ‘out there.’” The excerpt reveals many descriptive qualities about the scant Kansas town and Capote portrays his ideas into words very clearly. Capote conveys this view by using elements such as high, concrete diction and…

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    In Cold Blood, written in 1966, is arguably Truman Capote’s greatest piece of literary work. The novel regarded the 1959 murder of four family members who lived in the small community of Holcomb, Kansas. This remarkable novel was noted for the author’s exceptional use of several literary elements. In an excerpt describing the small town in the story, Capote demonstrated his elaborate use of stylistic elements, such as diction, imagery, and tone. Using those tools, Capote characterized Holcomb as…

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    Truman Capote wrote the nonfiction novel In Cold Blood with the accounts from the murderers and investigators of the Clutter family. While reading this novel, readers learn about the virtues of the Clutter family. Whenever the Clutter family’s life is examined, the family’s kind and charitable nature manifests. As long as the Clutter family lives, the members remain involved in the community and never turn down a chance to help others. As Capote grew up, he found himself neglected by his mother…

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