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Truman Capote

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in-cold-blood-truman-capoteMental IllnessParanoid schizophrenia, attachment disorder, and depression affect the narrative. The American DreamUnattainable for Smith and Hickock, the dream of financial success and family values is realized in the Clutter family. Crime & ImmoralitySmith and Hickock leave prison ready to commit another crime, with no sense of wrongdoing or evil.Bonnie ClutterHousewife; garden club memberKenyon ClutterTeenage son; quiet, intelligent Richard “Dick” HickockMurderer; once a star athleteNancy ClutterTeenage daughter; town darling” Main CharactersPerry SmithMurderer; abused as a childHerb ClutterHardworking wheat farmer fiPerry Smith, Chapter 3 didn’t want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Capote became a renowned writer of Southern Gothic fiction and journalistic nonfiction. His first story was published in 1945, but he is best known for his novels In Cold Bloodwhich took six years of research to complete—and Breakfast at Tiffanys.AuthorTRUMAN CAPOTE1924–84SymbolsYellow BirdEmbodies freedom for Perry Smith