2 March, 2011. In Cold Blood: I have seen many people die in my life. The most remorseful thing that I feel about the dead is whatever they did last. Quite often, I tend to recall the memories of the dead people, whom I once spent time with…
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I loved the pie, but had no idea that the pie was going to be the last supper I would ever have with my bosom friend. In the book, In Cold Blood, (Capote) has not once, but several times discussed the last day events and activities of Clutters. For example, “Now, on this final day of her life, Mrs. Clutter hung in the closet the calico housedress she had been wearing…” (Capote 35). It seems like Capote and I have the same way of recapitulating the memories of the gone. I believe that the idea presented in the book that mental illness inculcates criminal tendencies in people is totally right. In the book, Perry and Dick are shown to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and brain damage respectively. Their criminality has been attributed to their mental abnormalities. I approve this concept because I know a neighbor who was known to be suffering from brain tumor. The tumor developed in his brain over the years, and he transformed from a gay and obedient child to a violent adult with the passage of time. He was imprisoned for the charge of having killed his girlfriend. I am not sure if this is right to trace the roots of his criminality in his brain tumor, but the story of the book approves the existence of some kind of relationship between mental disorder of any type and criminal tendency.
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Perry and Dick carry the impression that the investigation is about violation of parole. The questioning continues for many hours and eventually the detectives reveal the authentic basis for the interrogation. Dick and Perry are the suspects for murder of four persons.
The bodies had been discovered by one of Nancy’s friends who went to the Clutters’ house to check why they had not yet got prepared for church. She had found an eerie silence inside the house and shockingly discovered the four bodies in different parts of the house.
Andrews killed his family, and his case, just like Dick and Perry’s, paved the path for a medical and legal campaign where lawyers begin looking into the possibilities of using environmental factors and psychological accidents or imbalances to defend criminals against the death penalty sentence.
The form of the book is what Capote himself called a “nonfiction novel” (Norden: 1987, p. 111) because it was based on a long process of gathering all kinds of factual evidence to build up into a narrative about what happened on that fateful day. Nowadays there are many thousands of “true crime” books on the market, but back in the mid-1960s when the book was finally published, this was a startling innovation.
Stereotypical notions, even in their open defiance of basic logic and rational thought, still have a strong hold upon even the best educated mind. Often are the times we hear of a certain action and associate it to specific persons without even the faintest regard to the unique characteristics of the situation at hand.
Herbert was a highly successful farmer. Unfortunately, he was brutally murdered alongside his wife and two of their four children. Truman Capote wrote the book in 1966 after travelling to Kansas to try and unravel all that was behind the crime. He investigated several local residents, investigators who were assigned to the case and other interested parties.
Capote gives the murder case wide perspective including the law aspect. In the novel, readers get to know about the Clutter family, the family that suffers from the brutal murders. The family resides in Holcomb village where people lived as a community, trusting each other, and observing their religious obligations.
The reader knows from the beginning about the identity of the murderer. There is a deeper suspense behind this. Capote keeps the reader interested in knowing more and more, without confusing him about the identity of the murderer, and that is the beauty of this novel.
ecided to make an investigation book into the matter while using actual events and constructed possibilities in regard to killer’s natures and characters. Truman’s work is what is referred to as “New Journalism” based on what it exhibits to the readers (Capote