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In Cold Blood
Transcript of In Cold Blood
By: Truman Capote
The important thing that is in relation to the book is that it is believed Capote had a secret relationship with Perry Smith. Capote and Perry sent each other numerous personal letters while Perry was in jail. It's easy to believe that because of how Capote generates emphasizing sympathy towards Perry's past life which leads to one also empathizing with him.
Capote reconstructs the whole murder and investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. While so, he provides suspense and overwhelming, surprising empathy, which in some cases can be mentally terrifying for one to find them self empathizing with a
The title and its
The title of the novel suggests that "In cold Blood" relates to the meaning of a criminal term which means murder with no motive. Therefore, the title is very appropriate because of it's connection with the motiveless
: Capote makes one think how anybody can kill a random person they dont know without any motive or reasoning
: Capote makes one empathize with the murderers especially perry because of the emphasis Capote puts on Perry's past life. Capote emphasizes so much on Perry's life, you start to sympathize with him also.
Tone of the Book
The tone of the book is definitely empathizing. Capote had a huge empathetic tone on the harsh times the murderers experienced and emphasized how hard their life was growing up, especially Perry Smith. Capote nearly describes Perry's whole life growing up, almost year-by-year, as if it was a verbal timeline. As one learns more and more about their past, one can not help but empathize why the murderers committed the crime, even though they had no
Capote's purpose for writing the novel was to get one thinking and test their moral values because of the way he gets one to empathize with murderers that had no motive. He does that by detailing the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial and execution of Perry Smith and Dick
Importance of the Book
Benefits: I didnt learn any lesson from the book, but It helped me understand more on the mind of how an insane person can be driven to commit a crime even though the murders were motiveless.
I was also able to make a connection with Capote because of the fact that he likes to get the brain thinking on levels you wouldn't imagine.
The article "Book Of A Lifetime: In Cold Blood, By Truman Capote" by Kate Colquhoun is a positive review in which she states how she loves that "Capote switches focus between the Clutters and their murderers, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, marking their differences while binding their fates together"
"A Review From a Philistine: In Cold Blood" is the name of a review by an anonymous writer and he explains that he doesn't appreciate the fact that Capote is said to be the creater of the non-fiction genre, yet he stretched the truth of the events in his story to fit his novel. He states, "The problem with a “non-fiction novel” is this: the writer is blending facts with supposed thoughts and dialogue"
I understand where the critique is coming from, but would the book be as interesting if Capote hadn't stretched the truth a little bit, and used supposed thoughts and dialogue?
I agree with the review because as Capote switches focus between the clutter family and their murderers, she worded perfectly that "tenses and time frames are intercut and slippery; perspectives are distorted so that the reader is taunted by what she knows yet does not know"