Essay #1 on In Cold Blood
Truman Capote is able to show the reader that Dick is more than just a cold-blooded killer. Capote does this by showing the reader Dick’s “status of life” details letting the reader see that he’s just like anyone else; he has a family who worries about him, a hard childhood, and he has made some bad choices.
When introduced to Dick for the first time in the book the readers see him as the bad guy; he and Perry are talking about getting the perfect score and buying equipment for a robbery and murder, and he were already in jail. Capote starts to book off by having the reader think that Dick is just an evil person because only bad people go to jail, but as the story progresses the reader gets to know Dick better and may even start to connect with him. Dick starts off as a mean guy and only cares about himself; he is only interested in getting the “perfect score” and he writes to Perry asking to help him. After the Clutter’s are killed Dick and Perry drive down to Mexico and stop in a couple of cities along the way so Dick can cash some empty checks. Capote still has Dick looking like an evil person with no concern for anyone else, but when they are driving away from one of the towns Dick starts to think about his family. His father is sick with cancer and his parents don’t have very much money; he knows that they are good people though and will try to repay the checks that he bounced leaving them with less money and he feels bad about that. He worries about his family like any other person does. His family talks about how he was in school, a pretty good student just like any other normal person. Almost everybody reading this book has gone to school or is in school so they understand and can connect with Dick on that level. Dick now has multiple different layers, he’s just like anybody else. After Capote adds this into his book Dick becomes more than just a bad guy; he may have committed a crime, but he still cares about his family....
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