“But this chunky, misshapen child-man was not pretty; the pink end of his tongue darted forth, flickering like the tongue of the lizard. He was smoking a cigarette, and from the evenness of his exhalations Nye deduced that the was still a ‘virgin’” (224). Capote mentions that Dick is a “virgin” after he is done interrogating him for the first time. However, the suspect is still unaware of the real meaningof the interview that he is apart of. He does not realize that the detectives are not accusing him of violating his parole, but for murdering the Clutter family. This unique word choice emphasizes the idea that Dick is not very perceptive to the hints of the detectives and remains uninformed. The words in the quotation above such as “misshapen” and “child-man” are negatively connotated words that show Dick’s innocent and misguided way of thinking at that current moment. It is this diction that adds to the suspenseful tone right before the confession is finally obtained.
“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”(88). After the murder happened, the citizens of Holcomb held a congregation. The words peaceful congregation juxtaposes the word murderer. Opposites occur throughout this sentence. For example the words understandably and distrusting, peaceful and murderer juxtapose each other. This creates a tone of suspense and tension. The dull town of Holcomb is now losing its innocence and starting to gnaw at the residents’ minds. The residents are now becoming fearful of one another. · “I didn’t want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat”(244).
As Perry recounts his murder, he notes that he never had a grudge against the family. At that point the question arose of why he killed them. He killed them...
...1. In the novel In ColdBlood by Truman Capote, based on a true story, there is no one main character. There is actually two main characters. The two main characters are the killers of the Clutter family, Mr. Perry Edward Smith, and Mr. Richard Eugene Hickock. These two men murdered the Clutter family for some money, which in total was about $40. They decided to leave no witness to this gruesome crime.
Mr. Perry Edward Smith is one of the main characters in this novel. One of the conflicts Smith faces is that he wants to be educated, but he is not. Another conflict he faces is near the end of the book when he confesses to the murders. He at first told the detective that he had killed only Mr. Clutter and Kenyon, and then later before signing his written statement, he wanted to make it right and confessed that he had indeed killed Mr. Clutter, Kenyon, Nancy, and Mrs. Clutter. His strengths are that he is sensitive, creative, smart, and thoughtful. His weaknesses are that he comes from a troubled background, and that he has been in and out of jail.
Mr. Richard Eugene Hickock is the other main character in this novel. He is the one who plans the robbing of the Clutter’s and says that they cannot leave any witnesses. One of the conflicts that he faces is that he starts to waver when it comes to carrying out the plan to actually kill the Clutter’s and he leaves it all to Smith and becomes a bystander to the murders. His strengths are that he...
...Essay #2 In ColdBlood
The novel In ColdBlood is described as a nonfiction novel by its author Truman Capote. Some question this statement, saying that one cannot combine fiction-writing elements and reality when penning a true story. The book is a documentary of a crime that took place; however, Capote decided to add a novel-like feel to it. He took an appalling case that graced many newspapers, and morphed it into a version that people could relate to, that showed an in-depth perspective on the murderers and many other characters involved in the case that would have otherwise been overlooked in a newspaper article. But there is nothing made-up or counterfeit in what was written. There is, rather, an intrigue that draws readers in and makes them wonder about the story in a way a news headline could not. The imagery and the journalistic style of the novel make it so. The fictional elements present in the novel only emphasize the truth, not alter the story. Literature is defined as: writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. Nonfiction is described as: prose writing that is based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biography or history. As you can see, in each definition they included a biography as an example. So, it makes...
...The Relationship Changes of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith
Throughout In ColdBlood the friendship of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith changes quite often. Even though the two may believe that they need each other and that they are similar in each and every way, they each put their own personal profit above one another whether it is for small change, sex, or even as far as death. The two may be very close to each other, but their self-serving personalities get the best of them every time. In In ColdBlood, Truman Capote evaluates the moral decline of Hickock and Smith’s relationship through their delinquent acts that eventually lead them to an astonishing murder. (The Clutter Family Killings TruTv.com 1)
Although the two got along at first their backgrounds were different in many ways, Hickock grew up with a well established family on a farm close to Kansas City. Although he was popular, athletic, and maintained a steady average his parents were unable to get him into a college on account of their financial situation even with the multiple scholarships offered to him for his athleticism. That same year Hickock was in a serious car crash that left him with a bit of a lopsided face. (Richard Hickock and Perry Smith Biography Biography.com 1)
Smith on the other hand had troubles starting from an early age. His parents were barely able to scrape up a livings worth of money working in the rodeo as Tex and Flo. Smith’s...
...A murderer or mentally ill?
In ColdBlood, a novel based on a true account of a multiple murder written by Truman Capote is an outstanding masterpiece. This is novel is about the murder of the Clutter family in a small town called Holocomb, Kansas. However, Capote has focused more on the murderers - Perry Smith nad Richard Hickock - ratehr than the family murdered. In majority of this novel, Capote has persuasively justified Perry smith while presenting Richard Hickock as a selfish and cold hearted person.
Capote defends Perry throught the whole novel only becuase he felt a connection with Perry since both of them had a similar family problems. Both are from a disfunctional family, both have divorced parents and were also neglected by their parents. In this novel, Capote has breifly described Perry's childhood pointing out the hardships and problems Perry has been through. As growing up, Perry has multiple times viewed his mom being beaten by his dad. Since his parents were divorced Perry had to live in an orphanage for a while. Capote told about Perry's experience in the orphanage as if he was trying to gain reader's sympathy for Perry. As written in the book, Perry was often beaten by the nuns for "wetting his bed" in the orphanage. Due to Perry's urinating problem once a nun had put him in a tub filled with ice cold water. After his experience in the orphanage Perry said, "which is one reason as I have an...
...quote comes from the opening of Truman Capote’s In ColdBlood (ICB). In the novel Capote expressed that Holcomb is a small town that no one had heard of until November of 1959. At the time Holcomb was an old, country, and dusty kind of town. Capote conveyed his view by using sarcastic tone as well as using clear and precise imagery.
Truman Capote uses sarcastic tone in lines 14 and 50. In line 14 and 50, Capote expresses his view of Holcomb by saying “not that there is much to see”, “and that really is all” these two quotes let the reader know that Holcomb has some things but not all things. Holcomb has a café, but Holcomb is a dry county. There’s a school, but most towns have at least one school. A lot of Kansans haven’t even been to Holcomb because it’s said to be “out there”. Capote conveys feelings that Holcomb is small town where nothing is. Also that Holcomb isn’t a busy town or it wasn’t until November of 1959.
In the opening paragraphs of ICB, Capote uses clear and precise imagery. “The streets unnamed, unshaved, unpaved” (lines 21-22) and “woman who wears a rawhide jacket and denims and cowboy boots” (lines 36-37) by these quotes the reader can imagine the streets and the country based woman. Capote’s view was expressed by saying that the town is old and country. He is also expressing that everything looks the same and if the reader had never been to Holcomb they would never know where they were going if...
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3 October 2012
Capote’s Biasness in ‘In ColdBlood’
In the journalistic novel, In ColdBlood, Capote has tried to portray the book in a factual way and write only true events. However, as a journalist, Capote has shown biasness towards the characters in the novel and might unintentionally degraded some of the characters (who were actual people). Biasness is very hard to avoid in journalism, and Capote has represented the actual event clearly and made it truthful to the best of his abilities. Capote shows his biasness when he describes Dick’s and Mr. Clutter’s appearance, their lifestyle, and their social status trough stylistic devises, such as diction and Syntax. He ultimately shows that Dick is a worthless criminal and Mr. Clutter to be a respected, innocent father, and husband.
Firstly, Capote clearly shows his biasness when he is describing Mr. Clutter’s and Dick’s body image. Since Mr. Clutter was a respected man in Holcomb, Capote did not mention any negative features of Mr. Clutter. Almost as if Capote was admiring him and representing him in a positive manner. The following quote from the passage shows the positive description of Mr. Clutter, “…Mr. Clutter cut a man’s-man figure. His shoulders were broad, his hair had held its...
The town of Holcomb is the perfect place to set the stage for murder. In the opening of “In ColdBlood”, Truman Capote paints a picture of Holcomb that is nothing more than a dull, boring, and desolate small town. He develops his view thought specific detail selection which depicts visual imagery, a detached and repetitious tone, accompanied with a specialized sentence structure. In a town that is as dreary as Holcomb, no one would ever expect a quadruple murder.
Through his details, Capote attempts to place Holcomb as an extremely desolate and lonesome a area. He refers to Holcomb as a place that “other Kansans call ‘out there’”. He also depicts that the small town is surrounded by rivers, prairies, and wheat fields which gives the reader a feeling of loneliness. Several times he mentions the decaying paint among the “aimless congregation of buildings”, which shows how he views that Holcomb is dull and unchanging. Capote also uses broad terms to describe the inhabitants. He has them all “barbed with a prairie twang [accent]”, and wearing trousers and “boots with pointed toes”. He focuses on the superficial and outward appearance of all of the townsfolk of Holcomb, while describing one specific towns person as “[she] wears a rawhide jacket, denims, and cowboy boots”. That is another way of saying trousers and pointed toe boots. He never really develops any unique insight into any of the inhabitants....
...Truman Capote’s non-fiction novel, In ColdBlood, was a breakthrough in literacy in that it was accredited as the first non-fiction novel. There was a lot of controversy when the book was first published because of the incredibility of the work. This could be expected in that time, because people where not familiar with the concept of non-fiction novels yet, but this is where the beauty of this style of writing lies, the recreation of the truth. It would have been impossible for Capote to have documented the occurrence fully, because he only read about the murder after it had happen, after all, this was not what he wanted to do. Capote got a lot of criticism for the book, because of him bending the truth, putting in scenes that never happened and his ways of gathering information, but people still saw the talent that went into creating the non-fiction novel. Truman Capote will forever be recognized for this novel and the contribution he made to literacy. In this essay we will be discussing the strengths and weaknesses of In ColdBlood when it delivers facts and the credibility of the work. We will also be discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the novel when Capote bends reality and ad some parts of fiction.
Capote never intended for In ColdBlood to be a documentary of the multiple murder that happened in the small town of Holcomb. When Capote published...