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    In the best-selling novel, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote uses juxtaposition to sympathize with Perry while bringing to light Dick’s more irritable side. Capote’s unique style is present through his vivid imagery which highlights the drive of each murderer and his symbolism to represent the unexpected toughness of Perry and Dick’s escape. Also, Capote utilizes flashbacks and specific dialogue and thoughts to show how each man perceives the other. These techniques, along with many others, further…

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    Nothing in life is set in stone and nothing in life is ever promised. Life has its twists and turns, its ups and downs, and its struggle it makes people go through. In the case of Truman Capote 's true crime novel In Cold Blood, life throws a curve-ball at the seemingly tranquil, open community of Holcomb, Kansas where the murders of the Clutter family disrupts the fictitious portrayal of the town. In three distinctive parts of the novel-Part I, Part II, Part II-Capote transitions from the once…

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    Truman Capote 's In Cold Blood Is based on true events. On November 16, 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas four members of the clutter family, Herb, Bonnie, Nancy, and Kenyon, were found dead, bound and shot in the head with a shotgun. With no apparent motive for the crime, detectives are left almost clueless. With the help of a former cellmate of the killers, detectives were able to identify the killers as Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Capote reconstructs the series of events leading up to and after the…

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    During the 1950s, Homosexuality was deemed a danger to society and social order, so much so that the Federal Bureau of Investigation kept a watch list of known gays and lesbians. In writing In Cold Blood, Truman Capote—an openly gay man—gives some evidence that the two men, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, shared an intimacy beyond a simple friendship. Within the novel, Dick and Perry display very traditional male and female gender roles. Upon introducing Perry, he is seen with “a guitar, and…

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    Truman Capote’s first non-fiction novel, “In Cold Blood”, recaps the events around the murder of the Clutter family, by focusing on the two murderers, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. Throughout the book, Capote acknowledges the perpetrators without a bias perspective, he does this by giving the backstory of both Dick and Perry. Capote does not just focus on the murder, but instead introduces Dick and Perry as two people who made a horrible mistake and deserve sympathy. However, if you sympathize…

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    the king urges him to tell of his life and Odysseus gives in. As Odysseus tells of his travels in a flashback, he recounts his time at sea as if a bard were telling the story. This manipulation of time, similar to the approach used in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, helps the author or raconteur to devise a more complex and intriguing tale. Capote expidites time, as well as impedes or reverses…

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    as Heathcliff. Heathcliff is an exceedingly notorious character from the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, who falls in love with a woman he can never have. In Wuthering Heights, Bronte makes Heathcliff out to be a classic romantic hero. In Capote's novel, Perry, the man behind the killing of the Clutter family, is characterized as quite a man of romantics despite his previous actions. Perry's writing of poems, true love for pretty much one woman, and an innate adoration of natural beauty…

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    comfortable, essentially building up to the next levels of Maslow’s hierarchy. When a base need, like sleep, is not satisfied a person cannot fulfill any of their higher needs of: safety, social needs, esteem, and self-actualization. In Truman Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood, his character Perry Smith has a childhood history of traumatizing events that prevented him from sleeping soundly at night, along with a lack of the next couple levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and this damages Perry.…

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    Son T. Chau Professor Hansen ENGWR 302 December 8, 2016 First Draft The Effects of Environment in In Cold Blood In a nonfiction book, In Cold Blood, the author, Truman Capote, tells the story of the murder case of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. The novel is based on real-life crime which was committed by two convicts: Perry Smith and Richard Hickock. The crime is mentioned early on a book before the story begins: "four shot gun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives"…

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    explaining that a person’s actions are dependent on their genes. Nurture is the belief that an individual’s actions are based upon the environment they grew up in, learning how to interact with the social customs around them. In Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, Capote introduces the readers to one of the main killers of the Clutter family, Perry Smith. While conducting research for this novel, Capote and Smith’s relationship was questioned. Capote gained a perspective while…

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