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  • In Cold Blood Rhetorical Analysis

    advantage of rhetorical strategies to convey his attitude towards Perry Smith. Throughout the book Capote writes about the story behind the Clutter family murders from the eyes of the townspeople and the murderers, both Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, while doing so we can see the contrast of attitude that Capote has towards both Smith and Hickock. In this way, Capote uses strategies of characterization, and pathos to convey the words of Perry Smith. In the beginning of page 290 we start off with the thoughts of Perry, in which he describes to us, through characterization, how Ms. Meier was a “terrific cook” and how “you ought to taste her Spanish rice” he then goes off to talk to…

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  • The Affects Of Environment In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    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" (Capote 5). Those six lives are the four members of the Clutter family, and the two murderers who are eventually were executed by hanging to death at the Kansas State Penitentiary for their crimes. In the novel,…

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  • Analysis Of Truman Capote And The Legacy Of In Cold Blood

    book. The major one I can see after reading the book and the article, “Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood” is that Capote and Smith had a romantic relationship. There is homosexual content all throughout the book, even between Perry and Dick. Capote’s work was influenced from his romantic interest in Smith, he favored this individual, made excuses for him, and tried to gain empathy for him. First, I think the indication of homosexual content was seen when Dick started…

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  • Analysis Of Nature Versus Nurture In In Cold Blood

    to see into the lives of the killers and the petrified people of Holcomb, Kansas. On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert, Bonnie, Kenyon and Nancy Clutter in their farmhouse. Floyd Wells, a previous cell mate of Dick Hickock, told him previously of a safe that was hidden in Mr. Clutter’s home office. Dick and Perry’s motive was to rob the Clutter family; however, they had no intentions on leaving behind witnesses. Capote tells the tale of Dick and Perry’s…

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  • Truman Capote: Reasons Behind Writing In Cold Blood

    abusive families led both of them to what their adulthood would end up being, Capote just got lucky in how he ended up (Truman Capote, In Cold Blood (1966)). Both Capote and Perry Smith had “some of the most insecure childhoods I know of and there are psychological records of it” (Nance). These insecure childhoods had an influence on how Perry Smith made decisions along with Capote. “Perry Smith’s life had been no bed of roses, but pitiful, an ugly and lonely progress”(Capote 245). Both of…

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  • Misuses Of Freedom In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    their personalities and background than others. For example, Perry Smith, one of the murderers, was characterized in much more depth…

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  • Irresponsibility In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote’s true-crime novel In Cold Blood. In the novel, Capote analyzes the personalities of the late Clutters, but also those of the culprits, Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. The author reveals volumes regarding their characters and even the parts of them that led to the murder of the Clutters. In In Cold Blood, an inability to take responsibility, on the part of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, led to the slaughter of the Clutter family. To begin, Perry Edward Smith demonstrates a…

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  • The Theme Of Good And Evil In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    evil, and how Perry and Dick relate to this. By the use of these rhetorical strategies, Burro’s quote is proved valid through Capote’s text. Perry Smith could be the most highly debated character character, because he was not truly evil. Perry uses his own opinions to justify and explain his crime. Perry explains,…

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  • Rhetorical Analysis Of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

    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 solely focus on Perry’s…

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  • Examples Of Morality In In Cold Blood

    personal responsibility for your actions. Perry shows all of these characteristics, whereas Dick does not; which makes Perry more moral than Dick. “In Cold Blood,” Perry shows an abundance of characteristics that relate to feeling compassion for fellow people and animals. With these attributes, Perry shows relations of having morals. Dick does…

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