The book In Cold Blood chronicles the events leading before and after murder of the Clutter family

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The book In Cold Blood chronicles the events leading before and after murder of the Clutter family (consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Clutter and their two teenage children, Kenyon and Nancy) in Holcomb, Kansas. The family, brutally killed in 1959, lived a picturesque life; moreover, as no apparent motive could be deduced, neighbours in the small town grew suspect of each other. Capote’s book follows the killers Dick Hickock (Richard Eugene Hickock) and Perry Smith’s (Perry Edward Smith) journey which culminates in the great deed of violence, simultaneously documenting the unique culture of the small down now ridden with suspicion and malcontent. In this, Capote’s first-hand interviews with locals reveals the extent to which the murders impact…show more content…
These behaviours are indicative of western understandings of sexuality and its association with reproduction, childrearing and family, as well as the accompanying virtue of socioeconomic stability. In fact, this fascination with normative sexuality becomes so overstated that it bellies homoerotic undertones in their relationship, not to mention Dick’s sexual deviance when it comes to young girls. Sexuality, within the context of In Cold Blood, is seen as a two-sided coin. On one side, sexuality serves as an emblem for family, stability, and wholesome living; on the other, it is a gateway to deviance, degeneracy, and criminality. Religion As exemplified in the text and further deepened through Capote’s use of language, neither Perry nor Dick are fond of traditional religion. While Dick had never been enticed by the concept of God or higher power, despite being temporarily swayed by the pious Willie-Jay, Perry could not forgive the hypocrisy and cruelty of the nuns who brutalized him as a child. As the text suggests, religion is viewed by both men as exclusionary, self-serving, and an extension of the rich’s hypocrisy. Therefore, the murder, in one sense interpreted as poetic justice, recompense for their own lives is ultimately an ugly, cruel act of violence that is morally reprehensible. Nevertheless, Capote time after time attempts to dissuade the reader from judging Dick and Perry, instead encouraging them to sympathize with the
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