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As people grow older they base their success on becoming rich or famous; their main motive in life is to live the American Dream. The environment that people grow up in, may determine for one how they achieve this dream. Most individuals who grow up in a well mannered home develop become very success and other may acheive what they want through a life of crime. In Truman Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood, the role of Richard “Dick” Hickock as an iconic character provides In Cold Blood with a more dramatic and artificial story line, that supports the overall theme of living the “American Dream.”

Richard Hickock, better known as Dick, was portrayed as the mastermind of everything that he and Perry did throughout the story. One may comprehend from the story that it was Dick’s idea to murder the Clutters, pass the fake checks, and commit the other criminal activates that the two men partook in. Capote’s use of personality gives the reader a sense of what Dick’s main motive was throughout the story. Dick states that " I know it is wrong...when we started too." After reading this, one may begin to realize that Dick knew right from wrong and could not control his actions because that's who he was. Capote's use of this statement provides the readers with the knowledge that Dick was ashamed of his actions and was willing to hurt others to live out his dream. Dick killed the Clutters for money, passed fake checks for money, and traveled looking for jobs all so that he could live a peaceful life. He wanted to live the American dream. Without Capote’s use and characteristics that Dick portrayed, one may not have quite comprehended the overall message of In Cold Blood to live the American dream as the Clutters had been doing. In addition, on numerous accounts throughout the story Dick can be perceived as being very manipulative and taking advantage of Perry. Through Dick’s actions and tone, Capote gives the reader a understanding that Dick had more control over

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