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    Capote choosing Holcomb as our setting is important because, it shows how evil can invade even the most obscure locations. Happiness, safety and hard work are all traits associated with Holcomb, which is located in the homeland of America. Using Holcomb, Capote shows the reader no place in America is safe from violence. The first information Capote gives us about Holcomb is that it is quite small with a population, “numbering two hundred and seventy” (Capote 5). Having such a little population, allowed for a very tight knit community, which at first were pretty friendly until the death of the Clutter family. The town, though not particularly wealthy, managed to maintain a quality way of life with decent schools and plentiful farming ground. Perry shows how much Dick means to him stating, “still, of everyone in all the world, this was the person to whom he was closest at that moment, for they at least were of the same species, brothers in the breed of Cain…” (Capote 258). This allusion deals with Cain, who we know in the Bible for murdering his brother. Capote uses this allusion to show the murderous connection between the two men.…

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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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    Although the town of Holcomb is characterized by its innocence, Capote uses language to contrast the innocence and simplicity of the town before and after the murder; therefore, it makes the murder seem more personal. The essay begins in a simple and uneventful way to put into perspective how ordinary the town was before the murder. Right away, Capote explains the ordinarity of Holcomb: “the village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans…

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    Although Capote characterizes Holcomb to be a desolate town, he more so intends to expose how an evil act can strip the innocence of a community; therefore implying how dark the world will become if individuals continue to act immorally. Towards the beginning of the story, Capote writes that “as the cleaning party progressed [...] they acquired additional fuel for the impending fire--- blood-soiled bedclothes, mattresses, a bedside rug, a Teddy-bear doll” (Capote 78). Gut-wrenching asyndeton…

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    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 a disarrayed and rundown village; making it seem as the most dubious location for the crime which took place there. Capote’s…

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    In Cold Blood recounts the story of the actual murder of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas. Taking place in 1959 the book tells of the murder of the Clutter family, Mr. and Mrs. Clutter and their two teenage kids, Kenyon and Nancy, we also get to see the events that lead the killers to commit the chilling murder. Living in Holcomb, Kansas, November of 1959, the family was brutally killed, with no apparent motive, by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. The family was discovered bound and shot to…

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    In the excerpt from the opening of In Cold Blood, Truman Capote sets the setting of his book in Holcomb, Kansas. His description of Holcomb compliments his story about a tragic murder that will be explained throughout the book. Through his usage of distinct visual imagery and dull word choice, Capote portrays Holcomb as a lonely, mournful, and lifeless town. Throughout his opening, Capote effectively uses distinct visual imagery to describe how the town of Holcomb looks like. He is precise…

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    Everything’s Coming Up Capote Holcomb, Kansas is a normal small town with a restaurant, post-office, and its very own school system. In In Cold Blood Truman Capotes describes the small town and its simple atmosphere with uses of selection of detail, imagery, and structure, while setting up for a dramatic and twisting change. “Not that there is a lot to see” is the first impression Capote gives of Holcomb to the readers. But he seems to contradict himself considering the majority of…

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    In Cold Blood “This hitherto peaceful congregation of neighbors and old friends had suddenly to endure the unique experience of distrusting each other; understandably, they believed that the murderer was among themselves.”pg. 88 1.This passage, quote, or excerpt is significant because… This passage is significant because the Clutter murder destroyed the security of Holcomb, separated the community and created suspicion. The residents of Holcomb lose their innocence, because for the first…

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    Brief Summary and “Arrangement” of Book Capote’s In Cold Blood is a nonfiction book chronicling the murder and investigation behind the 1959 Clutter homicide. On the very first page there is a short page on Truman Capote, and his achievements. The book itself is divided into four parts: the Last to See Them Alive, Persons Unknown, The Answer, and the Corner. These are then divided into untitled chapters. The point-of-view switches between various characters such as Mr. Clutter, Nancy, Perry,…

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