Day 4

In Cold Blood Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Capote subvert the state laws about the psychiatric evaluation?

    He offers the psychiatrist who evaluated Dick and Perry a space to give a lengthy discourse on their levels of sanity and their disordered personalities, a luxury the state law didn't allow. This allows Capote's account to be more nuanced and more complex than the official reports or testimony.

  2. 2

    How do the autobiographical statements written by Dick and Perry affect your feelings about them? How does the psychiatric evaluation affect your feelings about them?

    This harkens back to a thought question from the previous day. Given both men's family lives, and both men's...

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