In Cold Blood

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September 28, 2011
AP Composition
In Cold Blood Assignment
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Truman Capote wrote the book, In Cold Blood, in order to inform the world about the true story of the Clutter family. However, no one expected the book to be extraordinarily written. Capote used a technique for his book that no other writer had thought of doing before. In the time the book was written, everyone was sure of Capote’s soon to be literary fame and success from this book. In Cold Blood is a unique, one of a kind, and first of a kind to be written how it is. Even though Truman Capote’s book, In Cold Blood, was later transformed into a movie, the book simply and completely tells the story of these savagely, murderous killings without a doubt better than the movie production does because of Capote’s writing technique.

Written in three hundred and forty-three pages, on paper, in ink, and published in a paperback book, Truman Capote wrote his famous book, In Cold Blood, by using a writing technique identical to a movie progression. He uses a filmic construction enabling his readers to connect with each, the victims and the killers, continuously. Switching from scene to scene, “The opening sections contrast the psychological, social, and economic situation of the Clutters with the circumstances of the men who are going to kill them”(Murray 132). Capote decides to tell a more traditional background check of the Clutter’s in the beginning of the book, while on the other hand when switching scenes, he jumps right in the middle of Dick and Perry without an introduction. Deciding to do this puts the reader in a movie theatre setting, leaving the reader not knowing who and why. The book within “the first three sections moved along quickly and easily, intercutting back and forth between the murderers and their unsuspecting victims, then the hunters and the hunted,” extravagantly shows the filmic structure(Garrett 3). In the beginning, Capote blatantly informs the readers that the...
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