An Unfortunate Relationship

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An unfortunate relationship Imagine what it is like to be a criminal in contradictory partnership, one man takes control while the other follows along, but what they have in common is the capability of killing a person without a problem. This is Dick Hickock and Perry Smith’s relationship; although they are not exactly alike they both are in on a murder that creates one of the most shocking tragedies in history. In the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Capote displays the relationship between Dick and Perry as contradicting and extremely dysfunctional. Dick is a strong minded and harsh person not letting anything change his mind and turn him around; on the other hand Perry seems similar, but he actually has an emotional side and a conscience. In this novel, Capote develops this relationship by showing the soft side of Perry, the selfish and harsh side of Dick, and that what these two have in common is the willingness to commit a murder. Although he is guilty of a heinous crime, Capote makes an effort to show the sensitive side of Perry. While explaining what he did, Perry comes to realize what kind of person Dick was. Wondering why he’d “ever admired him” (244). This shows how Perry actually has the ability to think about Dick and his actions, and having second thoughts about the person Dick really is. Most criminals don’t typically come out with what they are actually feeling; much less have any feelings to share. Also while explaining what happened Perry is explaining how Dick hands him the knife and he “didn’t mean it” (244). Perry is clearly showing a sensitive view on this if he didn’t mean it. He seems to understand that what he did was terrible and now that it is over he claims to not have meant it. These situations show an unusual sense of a conscience for the criminal that Perry is, this leads to the conclusion that a criminal like Perry...
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