Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

1137 Words Jul 9th, 2018 5 Pages
Literature, the dictionary defines it being the art of written works that is simultaneously designed to entertain, educate and instruct its audience; writers, using their skill of telling stories, use literature in an attempt to transfer their ideas from paper to the reader; for some, this task means bringing their story to a different place and time that is entirely separate from what the could be perceive as ordinary, on order to serve the writer’s intent. With this, the impossible, becomes the probable, and the worst fear imagined becomes the breathed reality; with no separation between the truth, and fiction. The word “literature” in itself cannot be accurately defined, and by attempting to do so, it limits the word not only in its …show more content…
The house is silent that Saturday evening in November and with the use of Capote’s scene by scene reconstruction, he allows the reader to be in the room with the characters as they are going about their day-to-day. While Mrs. Clutter gets ready to retire for the night, the Family Bible sits on the bedside table:
“… A bookmark lay between its pages, a stiff piece of watered silk upon which an admonition had been embroidered: “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (35).
In the next room, Nancy Clutter lays out a dress for Sunday morning: “….having dried and brushed her hair and bound it in a gauzy bandanna, she set out the clothes she intended to wear to church the next morning: nylons, black pumps, a red velveteen dress—her prettiest, which she herself had made. It was the dress in which she was to be buried” (71). Simultaneously, Capote weaves in scenes of two men, Perry Smith and Dick Hickok, on their ominous journey to the Clutter’s family farm.
Even before the first page is read, the readers are previously made aware of how the book ends, there is no secret to Capote’s novel. The story the novel provides the description of what took place before, during and after the murder trials, it explains the lives of the murderers themselves, and show how the