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Evaluation of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote Essay

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In Cold Blood is the real story of a multiple murder that rocked the little town of Holcomb, Kansas and neighboring communities in 1959. It begins by introducing the reader into an ideal, all-American family, the Clutters; Herb (the father), Bonnie (the mom), Nancy (the teenaged kid), and Kenyon (that the teenage son). The Clutters were notable members of the community that gained admiration and respect to their neighborly demeanors. Capote tells the story in a way that makes you feel you're being informed about the characters by a close acquaintance of each individual character. When you aren't hearing the voices of these characters as they tell their own stories, we listen to, maybe not the voice of an author, however, also the voice of a friend who knew the characters nicely. (Before stating her prayers, she always listed in a diary a few occurrences... Perry didn't care what he drank... etc..) The structure and type of the story allows you to feel as if you are a part of the events which transpire. We first become acquainted with the Clutter family through great detail. It seems as though we learn everything there is to know about the lifestyles of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy, and Kenyon - which Bonnie spends the vast majority of her days locked in her room or at treatment centres as a consequence of some mysterious emotional disorder, which Herb favors apples for breakfast, then that Nancy is the best teenage girl, that Kenyon is a loner who loves spending some time at the basement working with creations and building furniture. Once we have gained such understanding, the story begins to shift back and forth between the two events taking place from the Clutter's lives before their deaths as well as the events taking place in the killers resides (their preparations for its Perfe...

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