ICB - 1) What are the events that this nonfiction novel...

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1) What are the events that this nonfiction novel recounts? (Considering ICB together with the NYTimes piece will give you a jump-start here.) This question is more difficult and interesting than it may at first seem. In fact, this question really subsumes all the questions below. (Of course you’ll keep in mind the follow up question: Why does it matter to understand this? But then, you’re always asking this question, right?) 2) What are the differences between a) the order of events as they happened and b) the order of events as told? 3) From whose point(s) of view are these events told? How can you tell? 4) Who is the narrator? What can you say about “her”? 5) In the narrator’s judgment, which places, things, people, etc. deserve extensive description? How do these descriptions encourage us to view what is described? (Here you can think of the language that gets used: vocabulary, metaphors, etc.) The killers approach Holcomb, while the Clutters go about their wholesome, everyday business. This sequence is crafted so as to heighten the sense of suspense. Capote shifts quickly from scene to scene. It is like a film in which the scene shifts between simultaneous events in different places. The reader knows that the Clutters are going to die, but the Clutters are blissfully ignorant of this fact. Capote capitalizes on this irony. At the end of almost each chapter about the Clutters, Capote writes that this will be their last day, their last apple pie, etc. It is obvious that Capote is the narrator, because the narrator is obviously more sophisticated than many of the characters in the book. His descriptions sound almost like anthropological investigations; he is aloof from his subjects. Although Capote had a rural childhood, his cosmopolitan experience comes through clearly as he describes "local color." In many ways, he is an urban sophisticate giving us a voyeuristic window into the "heartland" of America. In Cold Blood is divided into small chapters. In this part of the narrative, Capote uses the short chapter lengths to their full effect--the chapters come quicker, like brief, alternating glances as Dick and Perry near the River Valley Farm. This heightens the sense of simultaneity. It is as if the mind's eye were quickly toggling back and forth between a view of the Clutter home and one of the approaching black Cadillac, trying not to miss a thing. Capote makes the most of the fact that he is telling a true story. To describe Billy's visit to the Clutter home, he simply uses Billy's testimony. He is calling attention to the fact that this is a true story. The factuality of his story becomes something like a gimmick. As the killers race toward Holcomb, Capote sketches the developing working relationship between Dick and Perry. Perry wants to tell Dick about his dream that a giant parrot will come and rescue him, but Dick ignores him. Dick is practical; he does not understand the romantic side of Perry. Also, he underestimates Perry. Dick thinks that Perry may be having second thoughts
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