Kidnapped vs in Cold Blood Comparison

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In the novels Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and In Cold Blood by Truman Capote both authors demonstrate their use of characters and their change throughout the novel. In Kidnapped, the characters David and Ebenezer Balfour and the characters Herb Clutter, Perry, and Alvin Dewey in In Cold Blood are dynamic characters because they all undergo a change within the novels. Furthermore, Capote and Stevenson use suspense to promote the character dynamics within the novels. Capote and Stevenson cohesively use suspense with irony, the theme of chase and the overall structure of their novels to illustrate the character dynamics. Suspenseful irony is used to show the change in character throughout the novels. Suspense adds to the theme of …show more content…
(Stevenson 3). However, Mr. Campbell’s statement is tentative because it instills David with the image of his uncle as being a person of high-class and thus a very respectable person. However, when Ebenezer first makes his appearance, David suspects he is a “mean, stooping, narrow-shouldered, clay-faced creature” and was “long unshaved” and according to David’s point of view “he seemed most like an old, unprofitable serving-man, who should have left in charge of that big house upon board wages.” (12). Stevenson uses the irony of Ebenezer’s appearance to build suspense when David finally meets him.
Furthermore, the irony also helps to describe the character of Ebenezer as a solitary man who does not care about his outward appearance because according to David’s point of view his uncle seems to be like an “unprofitable serving-man.” (12). Therefore, the house itself reflects the appearance of his uncle as a decrepit place of living.
Stevenson also uses irony to illustrate Ebenezer’s character as a deceitful and cunning man in the various tricks he performs on David. One of his devious plans of getting rid of David involves the stair-tower near the house. In order to gain David’s trust he bribes him with “seven and thirty golden guinea (Scottish currency) pieces.” (22). The rest of David’s inheritance money is locked up in a chest in the stair-tower. David asks for a light but “very cunningly” his uncle tells him that there is light in the
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