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Miranda Levo A2 2/2/15                                        In Cold Blood Seminar #1: Nature vs Nurture      In the novel  In Cold Blood  by Truman Capote, Capote plants a seed of wonder in the readers mind. He opens up the possibility of feeling sympathy for two murderers. By doing this he presents us with the argument of nature vs nurture. These two claims are  simply asking if a murderer becomes a murderer because they are simply born that  way, or because of their upbringing. With examples from the book and detailed analysis  a reader can examine what stance Capote took on the matter.  Perry Smith is the perfect example of one of the murderers who may have been  nurtured to be that way. Perry’s character is the one that is most sympathized with in  the novel. His terrible upbringing and lack of a nurturing family is something that Capote mentions quite often in the novel. “Mrs. Meier explained that the cats were hunting for  dead birds caught in the vehicles’ engine grilles” After noticing this he mentions that it  pained him to watch the cats “because most of my life I’ve done what they're doing. The equivalent” (Capote pg.264). By saying this this reader learns that Perry had lived ma- jority of his life off of scrapes. It’s also noted that Perry was denied an education and  abused at the orphanage. Perry connected with these cats because he had suffered just as much as they had. All of this leads to the conclusion that Perry committed the mur-
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