In Cold Blood: Paragraph Analysis

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In Cold Blood: Passage Analysis
In Cold Blood, Capote uses imagery, foreshadowing and allusion to portray Perry as a lonely man who doesn’t have his family, especially his father, there by his side to support him which slowly causes him to begin to lose his sanity and question his faith. Capote also portrays Perry as an innocent victim.

“Voices roared through his head; one voice persistently asked him, ‘Where is Jesus? Where?” pg. 319. Perry begins to question Jesus because he is going through so many things right now and Jesus is the only person he knows that can help him get through this big phase in his life, but Jesus in nowhere to be found. He wants someone to be there for him. Since Perry had no family there for him, the least he could have had was Jesus, but in his mind Jesus wasn’t there. People fail to realize Jesus doesn’t just come overnight. “Perry O’Parsons, The One-Man Symphony,” 319. This shows Perry is a lonely man with no one by his side. The whole dream was an allusion. When Perry dreams it’s a way for him to get out of reality. “He regained weight; by October the prison physician, Dr. Robert Moore, considered him strong enough to be returned to the Row” pg 320. Perry was losing his sanity which caused him to cease eating, but then he gained some weight. This shows that Perry is really compassionate and disgusted that he could every kill innocent people which causes him not to be able to eat.

Capote uses foreshadowing to exhibit that Perry was going to be killed. “For suddenly he knew that these were phantoms, the ghosts of the legally annihilated, the hanged, the gassed, the electrocuted- and the same instant he realized that he was there to join them.” This is foreshadowing the death of Perry and it shows that he will be hanged, that’s why he is in the midst of people that were electrocuted. “The dream’s geographical center “Write me please what did he do wrong and if I come there would I see him. Alls well with me and trust the same...
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