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The use of symbolism in In Cold Blood

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steven duke

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of The use of symbolism in In Cold Blood

In Truman Capotes novel in Cold Blood symbolism to represent the idea of good vs evil, a cold blooded crime, and a longing for a guardian.
The title In Cold Blood is a symbol for the actions of the Perry and Dick in the novel.

When you do something in "cold blood" you do it without being emotionally involved; in other words, you are detached. The murder is thought of in advance and the plans are executed in a ruthless manner, without the display of any emotion. You act like a cold-blooded animal.

The Big Yellow Bird
The big yellow bird is somewhat a savior for Perry in darkest moments for him. It symbolizes the only parental figure he had the loved him
Dick and Perry
Dick and Perry symbolism the struggle between good and evil. Though neither of them are really good, Perry can see wrong in their actions and this causes disagreements between them.
Capote uses symbolism to represent the idea of the acts in the novel and the relationship between the characters on multiple levels in the novel
Over view
the title
perry and dick
the big yellow bird

The use of symbolism in In Cold Blood
The Title
"Another method of escape, suicide, replaced them in his musings... One night he dreamed that he'd unscrewed the bulb, broken it, and with the broken glass cut his wrists and ankles. 'I felt all breath and light leaving me,' he said, in a subsequent description of his sensations. 'The walls of the cell fell away, the sky came down, I saw the big yellow bird.'"
“‘Deal me out, baby,’ Dick said. ‘I’m a normal.’ And Dick meant what he said. He thought of himself as balanced, as sane as anyone—maybe a bit smarter than the average fellow, that’s all. But Perry—there was, in Dick’s opinion, ‘something wrong’ with Little Perry.”
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