Truman Capote’s book In Cold Blood, focuses on a small town in eastern Kansas where the slaughter of the Clutter family occurred. He uses many descriptors to give the town a bland look and uses dramatic irony throughout the whole first portion of the book. Through his imagery, diction, and rhetorical devices, he shows his feelings toward the town of Holcomb, Kansas. Although Capote portrays the town with many dull details, the viewpoint he gives the readers is an important part of the story; therefore, his purpose for writing the book wasn’t for the glam details, but to show readers that looking at someone’s life without knowing them can be far different than what you think.
In the beginning of the book, Capote uses imagery to give his audience a look at what Holcomb consists of including; the type of people, the type of land, and how the building’s appearance affected the citizens mood. “The depot itself, with its peeling sulphur-colored paint, is equally melancholy” (Capote 3). He describes them all as bland and rundown as possible because in truth that is what they were. “The local accent is barbed with a prairie twang, a ranch-hand nasalness, and the men, many of them, wear narrow frontier trousers, Stetsons, and high-heeled boots with pointed toes” (Capote 3). The people talked and dressed and behaved like southern farmers because that is what they mostly were. For example, Mr. Clutter is a well-known farmer who owned a large and impressive farm in the eyes of the