Analysis Of In Cold Blood By Truman Capote

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Truman Capote, the author of In Cold Blood, illustrates the bloody murder that happened dozens of years ago in an small town in Kansas, U.S. Capote, through the account of a bloody murder with multiple victims, portrays how the psychological effects of the traumas, accidents, issues, frustrations, or lack of opportunities, starting in childhood and beyond, were the main culprits that caused the main characters, Perry and Dick, to commit one of the bloodiest and random criminal acts in America. Thus, Capote focused on what led these two men to commit these audacious physical crimes, rather than looking at the surface and giving an account of the facts, legal aspects, consequences of their actions, and punishment. That is a fundamental step towards understanding and preventing any type of …show more content…
All they knew about their victims was that the Clutters were a well-to-do family, and they could not stand other people having a better life than them. A murder in cold blood that no one in that little town has ever been able to forget since. Perry and Dick were ultimately hung for their actions. Thus, Capote’s analysis is not attempting to persuade readers to excuse these criminals and have pity for them. Instead, Capote is using this multiple murder to build a framework of analysis that leads to deeper understanding, as slowly cutting down on crimes does not come without that first step. Capote’s book is thus more than a masterpiece in non fiction writing. It offers insight into the critical thinking tools that can be used towards understanding what leads people to commit physical crimes. The same tools can be used and expanded towards preventing and combating cyber crime. At the very least, this book teaches us that asking the right questions can sometimes be more important than having superficial and traditional answers that will do just that: superficially fix these problems and leave us vulnerable to the expanding web of cyber attacks and crimes. Just as in Capote’s book, many crimes are unexpected and victims are chosen randomly, just as is the case in cyber crimes. With one cyber crime act, millions of random victims can suffer financial ruin, severe emotional distress, and many may consider

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