I believe Capote's purpose was to create a new genre of writing by fusing journalism with creative writing (he does so by adding various rhetorical elements). I cannot figure out how his tone, which I think is somber, serious, yet compassionate (the compassion is reserved for Smith), connects to what I think the purpose is. I may be on the wrong track... Help appreciated! :)
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I think you are correct. Capote's tone had to be somber and even frighteningly real at times. There was this underlying hysteria of the crime that lurked beneath his very matter of fact journalistic style. There was hence a duality of tones that mixed giving readers such a unique piece of work.