English book report.
In Cold Blood.
2. Author plus biographical background information:
Truman Capote, one of Americas most famous writers was born in New Orleans in 1924 and died in California in 1984.
He wrote both fiction and non- fiction stories. (for example this book, In cold blood) short stories, novels, travel writing, profiles, reportage, memoirs, plays and films.
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4. Theme (s):
5. The Clutter family.
Herb Clutter: Hes the father of the murdered family. Hes forty-eight yr. old. Herb is a normal man, who makes a living with the farm he owns. His social contacts in the neighborhood and the people of Holcomb community are very good, people love to talk with him and Mr. Clutter is a member of the agricultural society.
Mrs. Clutter: Shes the mother of the family, and loves miniature things. She has two kids, a girl named Nancy and a boy named Kenyon. The daughter is very much loved in town by boys who like to hang out with her, but she already has a boyfriend named Bobby Rupp. Nancy has another love, and thats her old fat horse named Babe. The brother of Nancy is Kenyon, hes a boy who likes to fish and hunt.
Chase coyotes on his Coyote wagon, just a normal boy.
Perry and Dick.
Perry Smith is a very quiet person who had a lousy childhood, which affected his behavior in worse form. He seems to be a quite decent person to talk with, but hes very easily influenced. In the end you feel a little sorry for him because Truman Capote describes him as a person who had a very difficult childhood. Perry was the person who killed the Clutters by shooting their brains out with a .
12-gauge shotgun. Hes feels no sorry for the crime he has committed. But he also says he liked Mr. Clutter, and thought he was a very nice man. Then there is his companion named Richard (Dick) Hickock. Hes the one who comes with the idea of robbing the Clutter family and to kill any people in the house on the moment of the robbery.
When theyre looking for the safe of Mr. Clutter, they find out that there isnt any safe in the office of Mr. Clutter. They decide to tie the family up and kill them. Dick doesnt dare to pull the trigger so Perry has to do the dirty work. Dick first was planning to rape Nancy Clutter, but Perry kept him from doing that.
People who are sexually obsessed make him mad. In the story youll know them better and understand how they could come to these plans, in the end you sort of feel a little sorry for them both, you get some sympathy for them.
Inspector Alvin Dewey
This is the head police chief whos in charge of the murder investigation. In the beginning hes very motivated to catch the murderers of the Clutter family. But when hes caught both of the killers and questions Smith, he begins to feel some sympathy for Smith.
Where and when does the story take place?
The story takes place in Holcomb, Kansas. Where the Clutter family owns a farm. The story line covers about six years, from 1959 till April 14 Th. 1965, the time both criminals are hanged for their deeds. Other scenes of the book take place in the car of the two murderers who travel across the States. They also go to Mexico to flee for the police.
Later parts of the story contain a scene of the prison cells where they are kept before their hanging.
7. Summary of the plot
The story begins with the family Clutter, who lives in Holcomb, Kansas and own a farm. Mr. Clutter is very much loved in the Holcomb society aswell as the rest of the Clutter family. Then Dick plans to rob the Clutter family and plans to leave no witnesses alive when they rob the place.
Together with his companion Perry, he robs Mr. Clutter at night. They go in and scare the gun-shy dog, so the Clutters dont wake .