The Clutter Family In In Cold Blood By Truman Capote

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In the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote he writes about the Clutter family, how they were brutally murdered and the jury process of the criminals. The parents Herb and Bonnie and teens Kenyon and Nancy, are a happy, prosperous, church-going family living on their farm in Holcomb, Kansas. The narrator follows the Clutters through the ordinary events of their last day on earth. Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, the killers, slaughter them late that night after not finding a same that was filled with money. Perry and Dick flee after the murders and make it to Mexico. Kansas authority Alvin Dewey and his four special agents lead the manhunt for the killer or killers. They 're eventually led to Perry and Dick by Floyd Wells, an inmate serving time…show more content…
Truman makes the readers feel sympathetic regarding Perry situation. He displays how Perry is more of a victim for having abusive adults in his life and sibling suicides. Perry’s childhood was an incredibly rough one. His parents were divorced, his mother became an alcoholic and paid little attention to her children, he was eventually taken in by his father after being in orphanages for a while, he was taken out of school and traveled around with his father and was isolated from people his age with who he could become friends with and learn actual social skills. Perry elaborates on one of his experiences as a child when he says, “I was severely beaten by the cottage mistress, who had called me names and made fun of me in front of all the boys” (pg. 275). Truman shows empathy toward Perry because of the similarities in both of their childhoods. This shows some of the immense psychological damage that was done to him as a kid that later impacted his overall character as an adult and contributed to him eventually killing the Clutter…show more content…
He is quick to sense slight or insult in things others say” (pg. 297). The way Mr. Clutter’s murder happened maybe Perry saw his father or the people in his life that had hurt him physically and mentally and why his murder was the most extreme. In some sense, the rivalry between Dick and Perry is a mutual struggle for self-recognition, with each wishing the other man would validate his own self-image. This shows that Perry wants to impress Dick and that he is capable of doing things on his own. By the end of the book, however, we become aware of some of Dick’s own insecurities: his failure to achieve financial security and support his first wife, Carol, and their three children, his sexual interest in young girls, both of which he compensates for with bravado and reckless criminal actions. Though Dick didn’t kill any of the Clutter family Dick was the one who constructed the whole idea of going to the Clutter home and robbing them and taking advantage of Nancy. Dick also manages to pry on the fact that he is too a murderer. Which is to say that the background can affect the way a person acts but can be defined in how they intake the hardships either learn from it or continue the
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