Perry Smith Character Analysis

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Capote use three layers of trauma to completely develop the character of Perry Smith. Capote describes Perry’s childhood, mental state, describes why he does certain things

Capote describes and effectively develops the character of Perry Smith by giving us a small glimpse into Perry Smith’s childhood. Perry Smith had an anything but ordinary childhood. Perry had a horrible childhood. This was due to the fact that his parents split apart and he was treated awfully in the places that took him in. Perry’s first horrible experience was in an orphanage. “ The one where the Black Widows were always at me. Hitting me. Because of wetting the bed. Which is one reason I have an aversion to nuns.”( Perry Smith, pg. 206). The nuns beat Perry because he would wet the bed. He would wet the bed because of a weak kidney. Perry was also almost killed by a salvation army nurse. The nurse tried to drown him. “A children’s shelter operated by the Salvation Army. They hated me, too. For wetting the bed. And being half-Indian. There was this one nurse, she used to call me ‘nigger’ and say there wasn’t any difference between niggers and Indians. Oh, Jesus, was she an Evil Bastard! Incarnate. What she used to do, she’d fill a tub with ice-cold water, put me in it, and hold me under till I was blue. Nearly drowned.”(Perry Smith, pg. 206). The constant beatings would give just about anyone a bad childhood to begin with; but it could also lead into the anger and mental issues that Perry suffers

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