Truman Capote and Postmodernism

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“Truman Capote, as obsessed with fame and fortune as with penning great words, was a writer who became as well-known for his late-night talk show appearances as for his prose” (Patterson 1). Capote was a literary pop star at the height of his fame in 1966, after he had written such classic books as, Other Rooms, Other Voices, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. Postmodernism was a literary period that began after the Second World War and was a rejection of traditional writing techniques. It used fragmented sentences and questionable narrators, as well as many other unconventional techniques, to break the previous barriers of literature. Truman Capote was a major player in the postmodern game, using his own broken childhood to…show more content…
Capote validates Smith for trying to break out of the social mold of the “problem child”. Capote is also indifferent towards the lives of the Clutters. Mr. Clutter couldn’t escape Perry Smith’s stereotype of him as the self-righteous tormentor and therefore could not escape Smith’s revenge on the society that shunned him. The motifs that capote uses in this novel were the animals that he featured in it. The animals that Capote mentions in this book are weak and defenseless, and they symbolize the defenselessness of Smith and even of Capote. Capote was frustrated with societies condemnation of people outside the social norms, and it show in this book through his pessimistic point of view. He feels contempt for the pious Clutter family because they represented the type of people that abandoned him as a child. If Capote’s mission for In Cold Blood was to create an unbiased account of what took place during the murder of the Clutter family and other facts the surround the event, then he failed because his opinion is quite clear throughout the entire book (Kim np). I Agree with Lydia Kim’s opinion of how Capote’s so called “non-fiction novel” was laced with his opinions and strong emotional connection with Perry Smith. After reading several biographical essays on Truman Capote, and reading an excerpt of In Cold Blood, it became clear that Capote was a very opinionated character who would often say what was on his mind, whether it was an
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