In Cold Blood

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Capote’s Perception
The non-fictional book In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, tells the story of a family of four living in Kansas murdered by two men; Perry and Dick. Within the two chapters titled Persons Unknown, Dick and Perry both tell the story from different point of view with Dick first and then Perry second. The way Capote displays the similarities and differences between the passages allow readers to look into each of the men’s composites at a more higher level and his t style of writing.

The similarities shown between both passages is a key role in pinpointing the shared qualities between Dick and Perry. For instance, within both of the passages, Perry said “I there must think there must be something wrong with us” (108 & 110). Capote’s purpose for this line was to stress that both of the killers are not mentally stable. Dick tries to contradict this statement truth made by Perry by saying, “Deal me out baby… I’m normal (108). But the use of this line both passage discloses that Dick and Perry are both afraid of accepting the reality behind their psychological states. Also, to avoid talking about the murder of the Clutters, Dick questions Perry about the murder of the African American man that he had claimed to have murdered when they first met. Dick says, “Or did you? Kill him like you said?” (109 & 112). Capote uses this quote in both passages in order to put out the fact that Dick and Perry are both questioning each others companionship and boldness. Capote presents Dick and Perry with similar characteristics that line up with each other.

In addition, much dissimilarity has been presented between the passages that help point out the major difference between Dick and Perry. For example after Dick claims that he is self- assuring man by saying, “Wasn’t that a horse’s laugh?”(111). Capote provides the audience with evidence to see Perry’s point of view on Dick’s affirmation in order for the audience to take the viewpoint into consideration...
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