Power And Imagery In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Although Perry’s retelling is embellished with relatable stories pointing to peer pressure, insecurity, and other classic human struggles as being the reasoning behind the murder. These ideas are displayed through diction and imagery; therefore solidifying the theme that evil is often not sinister, but an extreme, yet human, response to struggle and despair. Truman Capote incorporates unusual diction in his writing to reveal a haunting and mysterious tone. "The expert execution of the crimes was proof enough that at least one of the pair commanded an immoderate amount of cool headed slyness, and was--must be-- a person too clever to have had become aware of several particulars that reinforced his conviction that at least one of the murderers..." (103). The words such as "cool headed," "slyness," "clever," and "reinforced" add to the tone of arrogance in this passage in that the inspector Dewey is self-assured that he understands this case although he does not know who the victims are. He feels as though regardless of the crime committed, the people who committed it are geniuses. They are able to engage in such activity without getting caught by the police and inspectors that inhabit the town. Capote begins to introduce, in depth, the true character of Perry, using imagery and a strong metaphoric image to receive a sympathetic effect from readers. As the plot of In Cold Blood continues Perry is proven to be a character with a lost cause. Perry’s life story is strong and Capote initially decides to introduce this to show Perry’s sensitive and true side. Perry’s start at life was simple, but not normal. Perry describing his earlier life states the beginning of his problems, saying, “Six of us riding in an old truck, sleeping in it, too, sometimes, living off of mush Hershey kisses and condensed milk…..which is what weakened my kidneys—the sugar content—which is why I was always wetting the bed.”(131)When reading about life it was clear that he was never truly raised by his parents and later was raised and abused by other orphanages and other establishments. Perry telling about his experience during this period of his life states, “…my mother put me to stay in a Catholic orphanage. The one where the Black Widows

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