In Cold Blood

What is the aregument capote presents and how?


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Pitying the Wrong Victims

"The technical definition of Truman Capote’s account In Cold Blood is that of “creative nonfiction,” but the meaning of this is rather abstract. It seems more likely that Capote’s book is more an argument against the death penalty with one massive example extending through the entire piece: the focus – the Clutter murder by Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. Capote’s presentation of the story clearly shows his bias, tainting the credibility of his account of the murder and decreasing the authenticity of his genre while bringing into question the true meaning of the title, “In Cold Blood.”

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