How Does Capote Create An Atmosphere Of Horror In The Extract?

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How does Capote create an atmosphere of horror in the extract? In the extract on page 332 of ‘In Cold Blood’, starting form “starting after it...” up until “feet, tilted, dangling”, Truman Capote creates an atmosphere of horror in many different ways. Horror is created when Capote talks about Dick “gasping for breath”, “the thud-snap that announces a rope-broken neck”. The reader is provoked into feeling sorry for the prisoner. When Dick enters the “warehouse” he is cocky, “grinning and chewing gum” but his demean changes, his eyes are described as “sensitive” they “gaze gravely”, “glances down to his own manacled hands”. The reader is told that the prisoner has spent the past three years painting for other inmates. He recognises the meaninglessness of an apology but still does. “Steps, noose, mask.” Three one syllable words that reinforce the perfunctory nature of his death. Also, Smith is presented as a child, he is referred to as a “dwarfish boy-man, with small booted feel” he has the “aura of an exiled animal, a creature walking wounded.” This provokes sympathy from the reader and horror that this is happening even though he murdered the Clutter family in the brutal way he did it makes the reader question whether he really deserves this. The reporter asks “How’d you like it?” to the hangman, this is very horrific as for the reader it seems as if the answer isn’t already obvious and makes you think what kind of a cold blooded question is that, but the hangman’s reply is even more horrific “it wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be.” Capote uses one of the main devices of New Journalism here being; getting inside the head of a character, asking the hangman how he felt. Another feature of New Journalism is conversational speech evident in the dialogue, “Hell no. Against the rules. Here comes Smith.” By recording this dialogue, Capote is not only involving the

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