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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 SmithThe Clutter FamilySymbolizes the American dream of a stable family life PrisonRepresents deviance and criminal planning In Cold Bloodby the NumbersMinutes it took the jury to convict Smith and Hickock40Years Smith and Hickock spent on death row5Amount Hickock thought would be in the Clutterssafe$10,000Amount Smith and Hickock got from the robbery~$40–50In November 1959 Herb Clutter, a well-to-do wheat farmer in Kansas, was sleeping when two ex-cons broke into his house. Dick Hickock and Perry Smith had heard that Clutter had a safe full of cash, so they drove 400 miles to his house to take the money. Finding no safe, they bound, gagged, and murdered four members of the Clutter family.A True Story of MurderTHEMESTruman Capote1966EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageIn Cold BloodHistoricalSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Garden City Police, The GuardianCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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