Analysis Of Truman Capote 's ' Cold Blood '

1542 WordsAug 31, 20167 Pages
In his 1965 novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote chronicles the murder of the wealthy Clutter family and the subsequent capture and trial of their killers, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. The events of the book play out over a period of nearly six years, from the crime’s conception to the execution of the murderers, supplemented by Capote’s numerous interviews with living members of the Clutter family, their neighbors, their murderers, and the detectives on the case. It is widely regarded as the first non-fiction novel, and explores the motives and consequences in a horrendous murder case from many perspectives. In order to question commonly held moral absolutes, Capote adds dimension to the standard murder trial narrative and forces the audience to understand the nuances and intricacies of an unfathomable situation by humanizing both the victims and perpetrators of a hideous crime. Capote is careful to allow the Clutters to retain their humanity for much of the novel despite their gruesome fate. He gives Bonnie in particular special attention, subtly portraying her illness, as was common during his time. Capote uses the euphemisms “indisposed” and “away in Wichita” (29) when he describes how visitors to the Clutter home view Bonnie in her absence. This vague language reflects the social atmosphere of the 1950s, a time when there was little knowledge of or tolerance for mental disorders. Bonnie Clutter clearly has something wrong with her, but admitting to be a psychiatric

More about Analysis Of Truman Capote 's ' Cold Blood '

Open Document