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There are many prominent themes in the novel In Cold Blood and they cover a wide spectrum of topics They include the effects if any caused by environment in childhood how a person of any of locale can be a victim of hostility and the presence of contrasting personalities Truman Capote gives the reader a detailed account of Perry Smiths and Dick Hickocks childhoods Smiths childhood was very problematic and scarred by years of abuse He witnessed beatings of his mother by his father as a result of the domestic violence his parents divorced Due to these problems he rans away from home and he was in and out of detention homes many times 277 He is severely beaten and humiliated by a cottage mistress because of a mixuration malfunction These violent episodes compelled his bitterness toward other humans When Smith entered adulthood he commited acts of thievery and acts of battery While in the merchant marines he once threw a Japanese policeman off a bridge and into the water All these events had an impact on Smith and his adulthood provided him with the opportunity to avenge the experiences that enraged him Hickocks childhood was marked by no horror stories His years of childhood showed no signs of abuse or neglect but his parents were a little overprotective He showed no real contempt for his parents or his childhood Dicks inception into adulthood reveals his abnormal tendencies Reed 115 and in the novel proof is given by Hickock I think the main reason I went there the Clutter home was not to rob them but to rape the girl 278 The two killers childhoods were obviously dissimilar and their differences bring to question the formation of a killers mind Is it childhood that affects the criminal minds mentality Smiths lack of companionship during his childhood led him to search for companionship in Hickock Hickock took advantage of Smiths need by promoting
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