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    social mobility. It is a set of ideals which attempts to form a society with few barriers where anyone can reach their ambitions regardless of their wealth or family. Throughout In Cold Blood, Truman Capote narrates the story of various individuals attempting to capture their share of the American Dream. One of Capote’s purposes in this nonfiction novel is to elucidate that those who have accomplished their dreams live with high contentment, but the American Dream allowing people to reach this…

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    Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood, is rich in allusions. Throughout the novel Capote uses allusions to call something to mind and he does this without directly mentioning it. Many of the allusions Capote uses are Biblical references. Early on in the book the reader is aware that someone is going to be killed. Capote is building the suspense early on in the book. He first makes a biblical reference when Mr. Clutter says, “an inch more of rain and this country would be paradise—Eden of earth” (12).…

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    For instance, in the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote details the nonfictional murder of Herb Clutter and his family, and murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith go to extremes to hide their robbery of the Clutter home. Rather than burglarizing the Clutter residence and fleeing, a petty crime…

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    The revolutionary mind of american journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson, once beautifully deciphered, “Human beings are the only creatures on Earth who claim a God, and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one.” (Thompson 198) Although Mr. Thompson is entirely correct in his conclusions of human nature, it is only a select ensemble of human beings who primarily rely on sinister means of procuring what they desire, be it wealth, revenge, love, etc. Necessities and desires…

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    The novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a suspense filled crime story about two criminals and their devious deeds fueled by their want of money. This horrific quest brings Dick and Perry to the Clutter home where they mercilessly decimate the Clutters and steal their money. This novel also follows Capote’s research on these men looking on their past to somehow clue him to why they were so messed up. The universal theme of family life and its importance is established through the threatening…

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    stable, men of certain races and lifestyles. Although the 50’s and 60’s are often portrayed as ideal decades for all people living in the United States, Truman Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood, changes that mindset because it reveals some of the more controversial ideas of the time exposingthat the American Dream was not for everyone. II In Cold Blood was published…

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    expectation is the stereotypical American Dream, which is extremely open to interpretation. This relentless desire for ‘stability’- for this fallacious sense of material comfort- expresses itself in different characteristics. In the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote analyzes Dick Hickock and Perry Smith; fugitives convicted of murder. They are subjective failures of subjective expectations of subjective justifications. He explains Perry as “an urchin dependent, so to say, on…

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    accepting society existed back then than today. The town of Holcomb, Kansas in 1959, faced a major crime exploiting how society deals with differences, when the most respected family, the Clutters, were all brutally murdered. In Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, Capote introduces the psychological state of one of the killers, Perry Smith, by using his family structure, his relationship with the man in charge of this crime, Dick Hickock, and his self resentment in order to reveal…

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    impaired reasoning and emotional instability and can cause violent behavior”(Schizophrenia). Schizophrenia is also linked with an increase in substance abuse and violence, as can be seen with Perry Smith, the main character from Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel In Cold Blood. Although some may argue that Smith was aware of his behaviors when murdering the Clutter family, his diagnosis of schizophrenia and lack of proper treatment throughout his life should have affected the extent of his…

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    What constitutes cruel and unusual punishment? To Truman Capote, capital punishment came in direct violation of the 8th Amendment, regardless of the crime.. This was evident when he graphically described the hanging of Lowell Lee Andrews, a cellmate of the murderers in In Cold Blood. When initially written, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood was a revolutionary novel. By exploring the quadruple murder which shocked a quiet Kansas town, Capote brought the genre of true crime to life as well as the…

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