“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future” (Alex Haley). Believe it or not, family has a major impact on one’s life. The integrity of family governs the ability of an individual to stand up against the world. In the novel, In Cold Blood, Truman Capote presents the effects of the integrity of family. Within the book, the strength of family stems from financial stability and other factors. In the book, the characters Nancy and Perry were both shaped by their families. Nancy’s family provided love and stability while Perry’s family lacked both.
To begin with, Perry came from an unstable background that provided little love. At a young age, Perry’s mother separated him from his father. During this time, she had become an alcoholic and Perry grew to despise her. He always hoped for the return of his father but once reunited with him again, his father did little. In Part One, Perry says, “Only Dad wouldn’t help me. Told me to be good and hugged me and went away. It was not long afterward my mother put me to stay in a Catholic orphanage” (Capote 127). This quotation shows that Perry’s background was unstable because neither of his parents took custody of him. It shows that while his father may have loved him, he did not show it very well. The neglect on both ends and the negative manner in which he was raised is presented. This is why it can be asserted that Perry received little nurture as a child.
On the contrary, Nancy Clutter, the humble girl that does everything, came from a stable background of love and support. Her mother and father, Mr. And Mrs. Clutter, both attended her school play. She played the role of Becky Thatcher in Tom Sawyer, in which she did an excellent job. In Part One, The Last to See Them Alive, it reads “They both had been proud of Nancy, she had done so well, remembering all her lines, and looking as he had said to her in the course of backstage congratulations, “Just beautiful...
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