Uses Of Imagery In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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The small population of Holcomb, Kansas was struck with tragedy when the Clutter family was brutally murdered in their home by two unknown suspects. Capote wrote the first ever non-fiction novel, “In Cold Blood.” Truman Capote tells a timeline of events as he learned them, from before, during, and after the killings of the Clutter family by using imagery, foreshadowing, and pathos to continue the plot and to make it more interesting to the reader. One of the most noticeable rhetorical devices used throughout “In Cold Blood” was Capote’s use of imagery. An example of Imagery being used in this novel was Capote’s description of the weather at the time in Holcomb. Capote called “apple-eating weather” because the “... whitest sunset descended from the purest sky, and an easterly wind rustled, without ripping loose, the last of the leaves on that the Chinese elms.” (10) This in depth description of the weather was added to give the reader a good idea of what time of the year it was to give the reader a better and more detailed mental picture of Holcomb at the time of the murders. Also noticed in Capote’s novel was very descriptive would be Capote’s description of the Clutter crime scene. Capote describes the scene in Nancy Clutter’s room where she was found, stating, “ She was lying on her side, facing the wall, and the wall was covered with blood. The bedcovers were drawn up to her shoulders.” (62) Another description of the crime scene was how Kenyon was found, Capote stated, “
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