Pathos And Imagery In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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As Truman Capote guides his readers through the thrilling story of the homicide of the Clutters family in his nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood, he gives the them a clear conception of the characters in his story. The characterization of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, the two vicious killers, enhances the richness of the story by adding depth to the characters. Capote manipulates ethos and visual imagery to illustrate Dick’s corrupt nature, while he skillfully exploits assumption and pathos to characterize Perry as a sympathetic character. Capote uses ethos and visual imagery to present Dick Hickock as a man of corrupt values. Dick’s nefarious ideals contradicts with the readers’ ethos as he tried to seduce the little girl on the beach. Dick, when stating his attitude towards seducing minors, says that “other people might not think it ‘normal.’ [Although] that, to be sure, was something, he was certain he was - ‘a normal’.” The fact that Dick has no guilt for raping minors for eight or nine times shows how Dick’s values are rotten. He even states that “real men had the same desire he had” to justify his sinful, secret passion for pedophilia. In fact, Dick is well aware that pedophilia is a crime that the society frowns upon; yet, he chooses to ignore the standards of society in pursuit of his own pleasure and desire. By justifying himself with a broad claim that all men are passionate for pedophilia, he disproves the audience, to whom pedophilia is interpreted as an
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