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At first glance In Cold Blood written by Truman Capote is only anonfiction account of an event the murder of a family in Kansas Butlook deeper and the story holds a far more personal touch exposingCapotes own personality through his retelling of the events that tookplace in that small Kansas town Nonfiction prose tends to be intenselypersonal and we can see through the motifs of the book some of whatCapote believes to be important and further understand the personalityof the writerTwo motifs provide particularly interesting insight into the personalityof the author the motifs of religion and sexuality Religion plays aprominent role in this book as the setting is within the bible belt34 a stretch of land where religion happens to be a definingcharacteristic This would make the religion of the Clutters importantbut Perrys religion as he is not from the area seems a far moreinteresting thing to bring up Perry has a long history with Religionand it is constantly referred to Particularly interesting is Perrysproblems with nuns a bad-luck bunch 46 Capote goes into a lotof detail about Perrys life and his constant problems with religionseem to be at the forefront of this expose Much of the suffering andpain which Perry has experienced seems attributed to the nunsshrouded disciplinarians 93 It is odd that Capote spends moretime talking about Perrys religion and problem with nuns than some ofPerrys other issues such as his mothers abandonment of him and hissiblings suicide We must conclude that religion holds some importanceto CapoteSexuality is another interesting motif that is brought up throughoutthe book We know that Capote spent a lot of time with Perry while Perrywas imprisoned and from the amount of time that Capote spends talkingabout Perrys history seems to show that Capote has some inclinationperhaps sexually towards Perry It might also seem odd that Perryhimself appears to be homosexual from what we read about him and aparticular Willie-Jay In Perrys eyes Willie-Jay is his real andonly friend
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