In Cold Blood

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In Cold Blood Essay

In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote is novel were most of the readers that read the book, have to think more than enjoy. The novel is about a murder of four members of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas who were murdered by two men, which go by the names of Perry Smith and Dick Hickok. Throughout the novel Capote builds a relationship with one of the murderers, Perry Smith. The way Capote structured his book was that every chapter had a different character point of view, one being the town and the other being the murderers. Capote broke down his novel into 4 parts. The first part talks about the town and the people. The second part talks about the murderers and who they are. The third part talks about the actual murder and what really happened. And then Capote wraps everything up in the last part, which is the part readers find out the real truth behind the murder and the novel itself. The language Capote uses throughout the novel helps the readers realize that you can use imaginative writing with some journalistic reporting, so he wrote a nonfiction book with a little twist. Capote made sure that his readers understood the text and felt the text because he didn’t want them to treat this novel like any ordinary novel. The reason being is because; Capote manipulates reader’s minds by using different point of views, historical, biographical and psychological by utilizing the tone very well.

The town of Holcomb wasn’t big at all, according to the article City of Holcomb, Kansas in 1950 there were about 270 residents that lived there. The town was so small; everyone knew everyone that lived there and their information. The news came out pretty fast once the Clutter family was murdered. The way the book was formatted was, in part I Capote gives us descriptions that make images in our head to show how the town was like. Capote literally summed up the town in only 3 pages. Capote is already starting the manipulation in the first part by forming images in people’s minds. The question is from all cities and town two murderers can choose from, why this one? No one knows until the last part of the book, because Capote is building up the suspense to keep the readers interested. Capote writes his novel with an unnamed narrator because he doesn’t want readers to get attached and then become emotional. The problem is Capote gets very close to Smith, that he starts to see Smith as a victim more than a murderer and by doing that, readers start to feel like Smith is a victim as well. When in reality Smith is actually one of the murders and one of the guys who take part of this horrible plan. In part II of the book Capote starts to make the readers have sympathy for the killers. The reason why Capote chose to name part II of the novel “persons unknown” is because he wanted readers to know that a whole part of a book is all about the murderers. In part I it talks about the murder and what happened and to whom it happened. But as soon as part II starts, it’s all about the killers lives and what they have been through. Also, every other chapter is in someone else’s point of view. Capote takes turn changing point of views because he wants readers to see different sides, one side coming from the townspeople and one from the murderers. As soon as we realize it, the readers are starting to feel sympathy for not both of the killers but one, Perry Smith. And the reason being is because Capote is manipulating the readers’ brain. By the end of the novel, we see a different point of view coming from Capote; he gets very attached to Smith. In the movie Capote, which was directed by Richard Brooks, viewers see that Capote took months to finally finish his last part of the book because he wanted it to be perfect. If he didn’t get the real truth from Smith, he wasn’t going to finish the book. Because Capote wanted the real deal, he didn’t want readers to think that this whole book was a lie, so by getting the truth for one...
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