In Cold Blood
The natural causes to the reactions of humans by default are influenced through the culture and society in which the individual is exposed. Acting a certain way, thinking in a particular way, or even saying an opinion in a selective manner are all reflective toward the background of the displayed public. In comparison to behaving along the common good of the people, the attitudes and personalities of human nature can affect the lifestyle of the beholder and the surrounding population. Often times, without thought put into the spoken words or acted activities, the impulse of reacting in a decided way can frequently disturb and harm the community all together. Thus acting upon the repercussion of the personage, by human nature, the community will respond in a defensive and assertive stature, displaying behavior emulated through the inconsiderate activity of others. In the novel, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote utilizes rhetorical devices such as diction, syntax, and tone to address that by human nature, assumptions automatically are drawn from the presented first impression.
With attention to diction, Truman Capote exercises this rhetorical device to emphasize the reckless assumptions people may carry when first encountering an unfamiliar character. The way in which an individual may think can be reflected through their choice of speech. For example, “’But a nigger.’ said Perry. That’s different’” is an example of the persona in which Perry may portray himself as (109). The word choice exemplified through Perry’s phrase indicates that the way he talks is reflective in the way he organizes his mind. When one may encounter the phrase said by Perry, it is inevitable that the first impression can lead to the assumption that Perry thinks lowly of the talked about subject. Truman Capote in this case specifically uses this diction to show that the characters in the novel incoherently misjudge the surrounding atmosphere involved with the subject. Capote...
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