Ap in Cold Blood

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Rakshitha Mohankumar
11-16-12
AP English Language Period 3
Timed Writing: In Cold Blood Option C

In part three of Capote's In Cold Blood, the book gives a more clear understanding of how Perry and Dick came to know of the Clutters and earned their “score”. It has detailed excerpts from interviews with Floyd Wells, Dick's friend from prison who is also the same person who tells him everything he needs to know about the Clutters, as well as, Mr and Mrs. Hickock, Dick's parents who are worried for their son and concerned about his whereabouts. The author was able to create and portray a good amount of sympathy for Dick's parents by making them appear poor and gentle as well as by how they speak about their son, and are willing to forgive him for his mistakes. In creating sympathy for the parents, the author also indirectly creates some sympathy for Dick by using certain quotes, by Mr. Hickock, that describe his life before he went into prison. There are many ways in which Truman Capote portrays sympathy for the Hickocks in this section. He uses interviews from the locals who live around where Dick's family lives. When Officer Nye investigates the nearby folks, one farmer's wife tells him,“Don't talk to me about Dick Hickock! If ever I met the devil![...] Dick would've gone to jail more times than you can count, except nobody around here ever wanted to prosecute out of respect for his folks.” Essentially, she is trying to say that although Dick gets into plenty of trouble, no one ever really says anything about it, out of kindness to his parents, who are “both plain and honest people.” Capote also uses certain phrases and quotes that stand out to the reader, which in turn evokes sympathy, from the interview with Dick's parents themselves. “He wanted to go on to college. Study to be an engineer . But we couldn't do it. Plain didn't have the money. Never have had any money.” The fact that they are not a rich and well-off family is made clear when Mr. Hickock...
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