Day 1

In Cold Blood Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What do you think about Capote's use of detail? How does it make you feel about the characters?

    Capote's minute, intimate details allow you to feel more connected to the characters and allow them to feel real. This gives a greater sense of suspense and foreboding in the narrative, as readers feel connected both to the victims and to their murderers, and may find themselves, in a somewhat disturbing manner, sympathetic to both groups of people.

  2. 2

    How does the fact that the Clutters are wealthy and well-liked affect the town's reaction?

    It means that the Clutters are never really thought to have been complicit in their own deaths through shady...

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