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Truman Capotes In Cold Blood was an easy to read yet well written work While I realize it is based on actual events I agree with the term non-fiction literature because of what I believe are obvious biases that Capote brings to the work Unlike a historical work In Cold Blood is filled with emotion and very descriptive detail instead of just the facts In the opening paragraph of the book we read about Kansas but from behind the eyes of Capote He writes hard blue skies and desert-clean air has an atmosphere that is rather more Far West than Middle West This is clearly Capotes take on the scenery and a novelistic use of description for the setting of the book Along with the descriptive detail from the authors point of view are the authors feelings about the characters I felt as though Capote had clearly written about the Clutters as if they were the all-American perfect family It appeared as though they were put up on a pedestal possibly for the simple reason of making the murders seem all that more horrific Capote may have wanted to leave the reader asking Why would anyone ever want to hurt these people With less than a quarter of the book devoted to getting to know the Clutter family it seemed as though Capote needed to suck the reader in quickly and not leave any questions as to why the family may have brought on what happened to them Along those same lines Capote clearly had an added sense of compassion and sympathy for Nancy which he showed through his excessive amounts of attention in regards to her character Again he was getting away from the facts and inserting feelings and emotion to create literature not just an historical account of what actually happened One obvious reason this is characterized as literature rather than just history would be the dialogue that Capote includes
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