I chose the book, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. I think that this book is a good source for the theme of psychosis and violence. My main interest in this book and its underlying theme is found in my own personality. I am a people watcher. I like to watch people interact with each other and examine how they get along, mesh or even be socially pleasant while in the other’s presence only to hate the other person behind their back. A person with a psychosis, a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality, can be go one of two ways. They can act as sociopaths or psychopaths. The difference in these two paths is pretty well defined. A psychopath doesn’t have a conscience. If he lies to you so he can steal your money, he won’t feel any moral qualms, though he may pretend to. He may observe others and then act the way they do so he’s not “found out”. A sociopath typically has a conscience, but it’s weak. He may know that taking your money is wrong, and he might feel some guilt or remorse, but that won’t stop his behavior.
In the literary analysis I will hope to learn how and if Truman Capote portrays the characters as people functioning with in the normal constraints, limitations, morals and values of normal people in everyday life or as people that maybe have this psychotic aspect. I also hope to look at it in a nature vs. nurture aspect. In the end I hope to come away more enlightened and educated on the topic...
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...him is the mystery that the voices do not explain.
One of Capote’s impressive achievements is to sustain the reader’s interest in the events, although the crime, its victims, and its perpetrators are known from the very beginning. Capote shows this with his polar opposite views of the two worlds, one of Dick and Perry and the other of the Clutters. This is meant to imply that in an orderly universe these two worlds would not intertwined. Harmony between humanity and nature, reflected in the autumn setting at the beginning of the book, is disrupted by the murders. The community is perplexed and frightened; its sense of order is shaken to its core by the inexplicable nature of the crime.
Another of Capote’s achievements is to maintain a degree of independence from the material as he lays it before the reader, thereby creating the illusion of the omniscient narrator.
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