Sympathy For Slavery In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Sympathy for Perry In Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” Capote creates a large interest in Perry, the more compassionate of the two killers. He attempt’s to gain the reader’s interest by displaying some of the more kind and innocent characteristics of Perry such as his childish fantasies, his kind demeanor and his suicidal tendencies. Not only does Capote show sympathy for Perry, he attempts to gain the reader’s sympathy for the troubled man as well. One of the many reasons that one could sympathize with Perry is through his vivid, yet childish, imagination. While he was on the run in Mexico, Perry dreamt that he would have some sort of undersea treasure hunt in the waters of Mexico. He could be dreaming of a way to find a life of luxury instead of a life on the run. He could also use this “treasure” that he dreams of so fondly to give himself a better education than what he received as a child. Throughout his life, Perry also dreamt of a large yellow parrot that would be “an avenging angel who… rescued him in moments of mortal danger.” (Capote 266) The man was clearly in desperate need of any sort of outside comfort or help, help of which he did not received throughout his troubled past. He wanted this parrot to come and whisk him away from all that he knew, because all that he knew is something that no one would ever want. It seems as if all Perry dreamt of was a perfect existence filled with wealth and happiness. Of…show more content…
Through his actions, manners and personal demons, many readers can see that what Capote is showing is a broken man who believes that he has nothing left to live for on this earth, but still tries to put on a good mood each day to help himself. To many, including the surviving Clutters, this was not the side that was seen of a man who assisted in killing a family, but through this book, we see the true face of Perry Edward

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