In Cold Blood was the story of two men whom were on parole when they brutally killed the Clutter family, a successful farm family from Holcomb Kansas. Perry Smith along with Richard Dick Hancock were hanged for the murders. Perry was a short man with a tall temper he never married; Perry was mentally and physically abused by his father as a child. Dick, on the other hand, came from more of a normal background.
Truman Capote the writer of the book also had a terrible upbringing where he was subjected to abuse himself. Then he was relocated to Monroeville, Alabama where he became friendly with Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. She later helped Capote gather facts for his book, In Cold Blood, the Capote family moved to Greenwich Connecticut where he attended Greenwich High School. Catharine Wood an English teacher took an immediate liking to young Truman The reason Miss Wood is mentioned because it was Truman that admitted she once told him to go write on Fire Island and Breakfast at Tiffany’s was born. The idea of Nature vs. Nurture in the case of Dick and Perry. Capote shows sympathy for one of the young men, based on his childhood, and the other to be born that way. I thought this to be a fairly new debate, evidentilly it’s been around for years. Capote portrays Perry childhood as traumatic besides his mother who left him and his siblings, his father moved around like a gypsy, and a sister who committed suicide. Capote paints Perry as almost childlike and naïve. Perry has books, photos, letters and crayons. Perry carries all this stuff in big boxes with him wherever he goes. Perry also was struck by a trolley when he was a boy, so both legs are severely scared, so that makes him a murderer?Capote feels that will give him a sympathetic edge, and that one can’t help but feel sorry for him regarding his situation while growing up and the fact he turned to a life of crime. Dick on the other hand, had loving parents, excelled in...
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