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The Death Penalty In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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Death Penalty
The Death Penalty

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Quotes Regarding Capitol Punishment
The American Journal of Psychiatry
"In attempting to assess the criminal responsibility of murderers, the law tries to divide them (as it does all offenders) into two groups, the 'sane' and the 'insane'. The 'sane' murderer is thought of acting upon rational motives that can be understood, though condemmed, and the 'insane' one being driven by irrational senseless motives" (Capote 298).
Dr. Jones on Dick's psychiatric evaluation
"That he knew what he was doing and still went ahead with it is possibly the most clear-cut demonstration of this fact" (Capote 294).
Biblical Allusion
"In Exodus Twenty, Verse Thirteen, we have one of the Ten Commandments: 'Thou shalt not kill.' This refers to unlawful killing. Of course it does, because in the next chapter, Verse Twelve, the penalty for disobedience of that Commandment reads: 'He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death' (Capote 304).
"I feel that due to the violence of the crime and the apparent utter lack of mercy shown the victims,the only way the public can be absolutley protected is to have the death penalty set against these defendants" (Capote 258).
Thematic Statement:
Life is the most valuable thing to man thus when it is taken away in cruel manner the perpetrator should recieve death.
Duanne West speaking to media
The M'Naghten Rule
"...Green began pointing out o the court that Kansas' law, in regard to insanity, adheres to the M'Naghten Rule, the ancient British importation which contends that if the accused knew the nature of his act, and knew it was wrong, then he is mentally competent and responsible for his actions" (Capote 267).
"Genesis Nine, Verse Six: 'Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed' (Capote 304).
Discussion Questions
Do you think Dick and Perry should have been classified as sane or insane? Why?
Do you believe that Dick and Perry should have been both punished with the death penalty? One or the other? Why?
Perry didn’t believe in the death penalty, he said, “I think it’s a helluva thing to take a life in this manner. I don’t believe in capital punishment, morally or legally.” (Capote 340) How did this impact you?
Do you believe that Capitol Punishment should still be enforced today?
Braden Buckman
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