Truman Capote Non Fiction

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It’s rather impossible to fully remove yourself from your work; to provide a filtered, unbiased approach to anything. But, Truman Capote feels he did just that in his non fiction recount of the Clutter murders. The town of Holcomb became nationally, if not internationally known on November 15th, 1959, after the four family members were found bound and shot. Countless times Capote has been questioned on how realistic the books’ accounts are, and he always assures his readers that he was there to simply write down the facts. However, it’s easy to see that despite how real it seems, Capote took his artistry over the lives affected by both his presence and the case itself. Truman plays coy, he lies to himself constantly so he can still believe…show more content…
All though rather miniscule in the scheme of things, Nancy’s beloved horse, Babe, rumored to have not been named Babe at all- Capote wrote she was purchased out of pity and ended up having a life Nancy wouldn’t have wanted. Truth be told, Babe was sold for much more than Capote had entailed, $182.50 compared to the $75 Capote wrote. She also continued on to be much more than a plow horse, but she also became a mother and in the summer taught children how to ride at the local Y.M.C.A (Thompkins). And another “fact”, is the exaggeration of Bobby Rupp’s athletic abilities, to which he states, “He makes me out to be some kind of great athletic star and really I was just an average small town basketball player.” (Thompskins) These altered “facts” don’t just matter because they aren’t factual nor represent the truest form of nonfiction, but matter because it proves that Capote changed them for a reason- some more obvious than others; majority due to the story he was trying to tell, based off his bias and ambition of a thrilling book- the fact he took the completion of his book, a good book, over precise factual evidence, and appeared to care very little about the effect it had on the lives around
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