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    The greatly known, Truman Capote, a novelist and short story writer, pioneered the genre he called “a nonfiction novel” and transpired into the popular book “ In Cold Blood ”. The heart-wrenching account of The Holcomb murder took a turn throughout all of Kansas. Holcomb, Like all of the rest of Kansas is “ dry”, with a little bit of everything, has a flat land and great extensive views; horses, and herds of cattle. The population is mild with decent neighbors surrounding the small town.…

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    The rigid traditional views of the Bible Belt in the 50’s are challenged in the 1965 nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. When two petty thieves murder a prominent family and devastate the countryside town of Holcomb, Kansas the ideal family environment is tainted. At first, there is no clear motive, but as the novel progresses, the reader gets a taste of the convicts’ warped American Dreams. At that time in history, Americans were enjoying the post WWII prosperity and families like the Clutters were…

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    Truman Capote brings Dick and Perry front and center during “The Corner” chapter of In Cold Blood. Capote allows the reader to empathize with Dick and Perry in completely different ways. Each character shows how the arrest, interrogation, and sentencing affects them and the way they process life. These emotional attachments that Capote creates allows the reader to discover that not only are Dick and Perry not ruthless murders, they are actually humans with fears and regrets. The arrest that…

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    Throughout In Cold Blood, the readers are challenged to see different points of views behind the story. They are pushed to see the motives of the killers and feel an attachment toward the more ‘sentimental’ culprit, Perry Smith. The town of Holcomb was very quiet and had minimal crime until unexpectedly, a seemingly perfect family, the Clutters, were murdered. The readers are taken captive in the book as they uncover the truth of the Clutter murder. Capote’s usage of strong literary devices such…

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    Through the use of rhetorical strategies, Truman Capote manipulates the reader’s emotions by portraying Perry Smith in In Cold Blood as a sympathetic character. Perry Smith, along with his partner Dick Hickock, murder the Clutters, a well loved family in the town of Holcomb, Kansas. This small town consists of people, who immediately outkast the murders because they only understand their own lives, and nothing outside of Holcomb. Although there are two murderers, this rhetorical analysis will…

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    In his novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote explores a significant controversy in the American justice system: the death penalty. He carefully describes a dramatic incident in Holcomb, Kansas when four members of the respected Clutter family are killed. When the murderers, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, are finally caught after an extensive investigation, they are given the death sentence. Through a historically accurate and compelling novel, Capote criticizes capital punishment by humanizing Perry…

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    Perry Smith was a murderer, who along with his partner, Richard Hickock, killed a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. This brutal crime is portrayed in a book called “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. This book is non-fiction and conveys the lives of these two criminals before, during and after the murder, up until their death sentence in 1965. Capote traveled to the small town of Holcomb to interview and investigate in order to write the most accurate version of the story that he…

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    At the beginning Truman Capote provides us exceptional detail of an everyday routine on the Clutter household. He depicts how Mrs. Bonnie Clutter is a delicate lady who suffered from postpartum depression but never fully recovered, includes you in Nancy’s carefully schedule days, gives you insight in Kenyon’s exquisite hobbies, and enlightens you on Mr. Clutter’s strict but kind morals. Capote takes his time involving his readers in the lives of the characters forming an emotional connection…

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    Amongst the many criminal acts one may commit, cold-blooded murder bares the most severe punishment by law. In Truman Capote's 1966 non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood, the punishment of such an act is argued due to the amount of verification needed to authorize the death in the court of law. It assesses the plea for insanity as being the main action taken by Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock during the trial for the four murders of the Clutter Family, and the most common act for murder…

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    about it. Now stopping emotions is completely out of the question but there are times when emotions cloud our judgement of bad and good. After looking at the book In Cold Blood with this set in mind I have come to realise that Truman Capote has let his emotions show through to the book. Within the book In Cold Blood the author Truman Capote presents the killers Dick and Perry through a very subjective way. Capote is very biased towards Perry and show Dick in a very bad light throughout the…

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