Truman Capote and Perry Essay

4156 Words Dec 27th, 2011 17 Pages
In Cold Blood
Close Reading and Analysis Questions
“The Last to See Them Alive”
1. How does Capote build suspense even though the reader knows the ultimate outcome from the beginning? Pg. 62 Capote builds suspense by letting us know that the Clutter’s were murdered, but he doesn’t give us all of the details from the killer’s point of view until the very end.
2. What are some details Capote provides to describe the town of Holcomb, Kansas. Pg. 3-5 The author describes Holcomb being on the “high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call ‘out there’”. There’s “not much to see” with it’s prairie lands, and wheat fields. It’s a friendly town, quiet- unless there’s gossip to be heard.
3. Who is Alvin
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Pg 166 As a young man, Dick was athletic, smart, and all-around pretty normal.
18. Where did Dick tell his parents he and Perry were going on the night of the murders? Pg 168 Dick told his parents he was going to Kansas City to pick up some money that Perry’s sister owed him.
19. A middle-aged traveling salesman picked up Dick and Perry on his way to Omaha. What were their plans for him? By what “miracle” was he saved? Pg 171 Dick and Perry’s plans had been to kill and rob the guy, but they ended up picking up another guy, instead.
20. How did Harold Nye obtain the address to the rooming house where Perry had stayed? Pg 126 He got the address from a pawn shop ticket found while searching for the radio.
21. Why does the landlady expect Perry to turn up again anytime? Pg 177 She expects him to come back anytime because he asked her to keep it for him until he came back and got it.
22. Describe Perry's relationship with his sister Barbara. Include her feelings regarding him and his situation as well as his feelings towards her. Pg 180 When he was younger they were close, until Perry left to live with his dad and he started getting in trouble. Barbara is scared of him, and rightly so. She also resents that her father loved him the most. Perry wished that she had been in that house too, so he could have killed her, too.
23. What are Perry's feelings regarding education and his lack thereof? Pg 185 Perry wishes more than anything
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