The re-invention of Capote
The contrast between the dark introductory scene with that of the quiet farmhouse scene helps to build the difference between the outsider (Capote) and his new friends at the party. His rather charismatic and friendly rapport endears him to the crow encircling him to hear his juicy tales about Jimmy Baldwin; who seemingly has a new novel in its final stage. This chatter seems to be his initial entry strategy into this rather quiet Holcombe town, Kansas. He therefore meticulously uses his friendly stature coupled by odd mannerisms, and the welcoming nature of the locals to go about his investigative business.
His initial approach to the investigators from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation about the “The scarf”, that “It’s from Bergdorf’s”. He nevertheless makes the situation worse by telling the lead investigator, Alvin Hughes, that his main intention in being there is just to witness the town’s reaction, rather than finding the killers. Sensing the confusion, he shifts his position by purporting to be interested with the killers as much as the other town folks are.
Not to be left out, Capote goes overboard in his quest for answers by trying to inquire from the murdered girl best friend. His research assistant, Nelle, intervenes by doing the inquiry in a more relaxed manner. His approach was more subjective in the way he talks to Jack, his lover, about the murder. He even comments that it’s like the people do not like him and would prefer to talk to Nelle.
He later acts in contrary to what he had previously held regarding the town’s people, by trying to flatter the locals so as to be more acceptable. This he does ...
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He is not sincere to Perry about the novel’s title: In Cold Blood, he denies naming the book such. He continues his lies by hoodwinking Perry how his sister, Linda, misses him and that the pictures sent to him were out of love. While in real sense, Linda described his brother as a psychopath and that the pictures were to be destroyed.
The final outcome
As the novel nears the end, it is evident how Capote used empathy and guile to get his story from Perry. Capote avoids Perry as he awaits his execution to complete his masterpiece. Not known to him, Perry still holds on to the thought that Capote will help him seek legal action to appeal against the execution. When the last appeal is rejected, Perry desperately calls Capote to which he comes at the night of the execution. Guilt and fear engulf him which ultimately drives him into alcoholism and eventual death.
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