Literary Analysis For Truman Capote's In Cold Bloo

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Literary Analysis for Truman Capote's In Cold Blood Tone: In Cold Blood is quite factual, but the facts presented make the novel's are chilling and somber. An example of this is when Dick runs over a dog (113), and then after his successful kill Dick exclaims, “Boy! We sure splattered him!”(113). Another instance that would make one's blood run cold is when the Clutter's bodies are being described like, Mr. Clutter's “shattered skull”, his son's “demolish face”, or Mrs. Clutter's “death-dulled eyes.” (83). Audience: In Cold Blood's audience are people who are curious about the Clutters' murder, because this case is quite famous. However, the audience could also be anyone who is curious about why people kill, because the novel extensively goes into detail about Perry's traumatic past (125), and explains that Perry (298) and Dick (279) have mental illnesses. Speaker: In Cold Blood's speaker is third person omniscient, and is objective. The narration also presents much factual information. Evidence of this is the numerous amount of dates that are presented when capitol punishment is being explained (310). However, the speaker does not come across dry and dull, because the speaker uses much figurative language. Instances of this is when Dick catches a swordfish, and it “arched like a rainbow.”(120), and how Nancy's bedroom is “as frothy as a ballerina's tutu.”(55). Purpose: The purpose of In Cold Blood is to understand a senseless crime. Murder is usually thought to be a crime that sprouts from hatred of the victim, but that is not true. Perry admits that he likes Mr. Clutter, even while he was killing him, but the Clutters had to pay for all the wrongs that people have done to Perry (302). Perry was abused for much of his childhood, and is a paranoid schizophrenic (298). In addition, this murder was also the result of greed, because Perry and Dick

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