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    Novelist, Truman Capote, in his nonfiction book, “In Cold Blood,” recounts the village of Holcomb, Kansas in his perspective. Capote’s purpose is to convey the idea that an ordinary town can be altered by a single event. Although Holcomb, Kansas is a tedious town, a single event can change a community and its members perceptions of reality; therefore, Capote's distinct characterization of Holcomb before the crime emphasizes the impact the murders have on this once innocent community. Because Holcomb is an ordinary town, Capote uses a sarcastic tone to emphasize the unimportance of it. He begins his excerpt by describing Holcomb as a beat-up and torn-down town. “Holcomb, too, can be seen from great distances. Not that there is much to see…”. Capote intentionally concludes the sentence with, “Not that there is much to see,” to stress to the readers that Holcomb is plain, and uneventful. It is critical for the readers to know that Holcomb is an ordinary town, so they can understand that one event can make a town extraordinary. The novel consists of more sarcasm, when Capote starts a paragraph with, “And that, really, is all.”. The tone exemplifies the fact that it is of small detail and…

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    the city of Holcomb, Kansas. In order to illustrate his opinion, Capote employs a number of stylistic elements. He also use spatial description. To portray his view, Capote makes use of imagery, diction, tone and selection of detail. Overall, he sees the hamlet of Hamlet, Kansas as a town with an inactive and spiritless town. Throughout the entirety of this excerpt, Capote organizes it by utilizing spatial description. He describes his surroundings while using selection of detail. He focuses…

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    By stating a quote from the bible almost gives the people of Garden City and Holcomb reassurance that God “gives them permission” and it is an okay thing to do. The hypocrisy is clearly shown throughout In Cold Blood by the people wanting to kill Dick and Perry for killing the Clutter Family. Capote illustrated these people as hypocrites because they want to kill Dick and Perry that killed the Clutters, which essentially makes the towns people killers, but they are punishing Dick and Perry by…

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    Quote: “The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them" (3) Element: Capote provides the reader with a sense of the setting in this quote by describing the flat land of Holcomb, and the farm based structure of the town. He also specifically compares the clusters of grain to Greek temples. Effect: While Ancient Greeks are primarily known for…

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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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    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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    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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    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” is a captivating non-fiction novel describing the unveiling of a multiple murder that took place in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Capote portrayed Perry’s and Dick’s life as normal, by meticulously describing their journeys, such as going out to eat, fishing, and traveling. He attempted to be objective, yet his sympathy towards the criminals emerged. By using a third person, omniscient point of view he allows the reader to experience the emotional…

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    The town of Holcomb and surrounding cities really focuses on religion as a society. The Clutters go to church every Sunday and the one time that they didn’t, well, they were strictly unable. With church being the center of everything, it had become part of everyone’s social life and not just their Sunday life. Even during the trial of Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, the religious aspect of the town stayed with them through it all. Throughout the entirety of the first section of In Cold Blood,…

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    In the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a documentary account of an American crime in an isolated town of Holcomb, Kansas. In this Nonfiction novel the first “characters” introduced were the innocent family of four who were brutally murdered. The Clutter family was very well-known around the Holcomb area, it came to a big shock as to why anyone would commit any crime against them. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith were also in surprise when a robbery turned into a murder scene. Capote then…

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