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In Cold Blood

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Kendall Weissert

on 7 January 2013

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In Cold Blood By: Truman Capote Exposition: Rising Action: Climax: The Antagonist is Richard "Dick" Hickock! In his mid-teens, Capote was sent to New York to live with his mother and her new husband. Disoriented by life in the city, he dropped out of school, and at age seventeen, got a job with The New Yorker magazine. Within a few years he was writing regularly for an assortment of publications. One of his stories, “Miriam,” attracted the attention of publisher Bennett Cerf, who signed the young writer to a contract with Random House. Capote’s first book, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was published in 1948. Other Voices, Other Rooms received instant notoriety for its fine prose, its frank discussion of homosexual themes, and, perhaps most of all, for its erotically suggestive cover photograph of Capote himself. Books he wrote: He was born in New Orleans in 1924, Capote was abandoned by his mother and raised by his elderly aunts and cousins in Monroeville, Alabama. As a child he lived a solitary and lonely existence, turning to writing for solace. Capote said, “I began writing really sort of seriously when I was about eleven. I say seriously in the sense that like other kids go home and practice the violin or the piano or whatever, I used to go home from school every day and I would write for about three hours. I was obsessed by it.” In 1959, Capote set about creating a new literary genre — the non-fiction novel. In Cold Blood (1966), the book that most consider his masterpiece, is the story of the 1959 murder of the four members of a Kansas farming family, the Clutters. Capote left his jet-set friends and went to Kansas to delve into the small-town life and record the process by which they coped with this loss. During his stay, the two murderers were caught, and Capote began an involved interview with both. For six years, he became enmeshed in the lives of both the killers and the townspeople, taking thousands of pages of notes. Of In Cold Blood, Capote said, “This book was an important event for me. While writing it, I realized I just might have found a solution to what had always been my greatest creative quandary. I wanted to produce a journalistic novel, something on a large scale that would have the credibility of fact, the immediacy of film, the depth and freedom of prose, and the precision of poetry.” In Cold Blood sold out instantly, and became one of the most talked about books of its time. An instant classic, In Cold Blood brought its author millions of dollars and a fame unparalleled by nearly any other literary author since. In Cold Blood
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The Grass Harp
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The Dogs Bark The setting in my book is Western Kansas! The Protagonist is Perry Smith! The conflict of the story is between the town and the media. The media is portraying the criminal act to be a sensation, wherefore the town is under suspicion of who committed the criminal act. Herbert Clutter's three closest friends arrive at the Clutter home after the bodies have been removed and the police finish their initial investigation. They clean up the home and scrub it of all of the unpleasant reminders of the crime itself. Floyd Wells, a former cell mate of Dick Hickock, hears about the Clutter family murders and is struck with the realization that he knows who killed them and why. A former employee of Herbert Clutter, Wells remembers that he had told Dick about the Clutter family, revealing details about the house and its occupants. Wells realized that Dick believed, based on Well's account of his own employment there, that there would be a safe in the office. Its when they find out Perry and Dick killed the family and they are taken to court to be trialed. Made by: Kendall Weissert Truman Capote Plot Diagram Falling Action: Resolution: Perry and Dick are tried for murder and convicted; after many years on death row, both men are hanged. During their time on death row, Perry slowly reveals his personal thoughts, his ambitions, and the motives that contributed to his life choices, including the fateful night he and Dick entered the Clutter home. Dick and Perry is put into the county jail, but in order to keep the two separated, Perry is put into a cell usually reserved for women at the home of the undersheriff, Wendle Meier, and his wife. Perry befriends the couple, who treat him well, and he acquires the trust and affection of a wild squirrel that lives just outside the window. When asked to sign his statement, Perry asks that it be changed to reflect what he now says is the truth: that he killed the entire family and that Dick did not kill Mrs. Clutter or Nancy. Review: I would rate the book a 3.5 because its a old book so its not very good details but its about murder and i like reading and or watching crime stuff about killing. Liked Best: I liked the best was reading about how Perry and Dick killed the family. Did not Like: I did not really like that they found out who killed the family fast and how they killed them with no motive like they just wanted to kill some people and that family happened to be it, I figured they'd have a reason why they killed them. Changed: I would have changed why the killers killed that family, they should of had a better reason. Recommend: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime stuff or reading about killing.(: Conflict: Setting:
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