Analysis Of Truman 's ' Cold Blood '

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Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood. New York, New York: Random House, 1967. Print
1. Setting and Tone
Capote starts the book telling us about the town of Holcomb. He starts the book with an ominous tone.
“At the time, not a soul sleeping in Holcomb heard them-four shotgun blasts that, all told, ended six human lives.” Pg 5
2. Characterization and Tone
Capote tells us about each of the members of the Clutter household. He makes them sound like a normal family with different interests. He tells us what they liked to do and where their bodies were found in the house.
The eldest daughter, Eveanna… lived in northern Illinois but visited frequently.” This is a small passage describing one of the Clutters.
3. Characterization and Tone
Perry Smith is introduced as the sidekick to Dick Hickok. They both have tattoos. They never really fully trust one another. Perry gets dragged into the murders by Dick. Perry shares a cell with Floyd Wells, who he tells about the murders. Perry was a thief on parole in Kansas before the murders. He only goes along with Dicks score because he wants a ride to Kansas to see a friend.
“Of course, Perry could have struck out on his own, stayed in Mexico, let Dick go where he damn well wanted. Why not? Hadn’t he always been a loner, and without any real friends.”
4. Characterization and Tone
Dick is the one who came up with the idea to kill the Clutters when he found out about the safe in the office. He and Perry don’t get along like they should. Dick has
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