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In Cold Blood: Context: Use of the Non-Fiction Novel
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A style of writing where both journalistic and story telling techniques are used to tell a descriptive narrative account of a real life event
A similarly written piece (1957) - the style of writing
Operation Massacre by Rodolfo Walsh
What is a Non-Fiction Novel designed to do?
Be both informative like a report, but also descriptive and entertaining like a novel. These books are written as if they are fictional stories using detailed language techniques and using real people as characters.
What is the purpose of using real life characters?
Allows writers to explore feelings and emotions. Something that is very predominant in Capote's writing.
In 1965, In Cold Blood was the first what?
Major non-fiction novel to be widely acknowledged by the world
Capote did what with the book's narrative?
He wrote himself out of it; he's not in the book at all, this was done to support the 3rd person narrative.
Capote's lack of presence in the book highlights what?
The journalistic style
Using the formula of the book, who was Capote able to focus on?
Dick, Perry, the Clutters and the huge amount of people who were affected.
Using this technique allows the reader to obtain what?
A much greater understanding of how the town of Holcomb and it's people
a play or film adapted from a novel or depicting a particular incident.
What techniques does Capote blend together?
Real life accounts, facts and story telling techniques
Readers are given little information about whose personality?
What is Perry portrayed as?
An emotionally driven character
What is Dick portrayed as?
A tough, monotonous type
How do Dick and Perry contrast?
Dick shows little emotion compared to Perry
Page 85; discuss the newspaper headline, Dick says very little while Perry goes off on a tangent about his 'extrasensory perception'. Dick shows little emotion in contrast to Perry, what is the purpose of this?
This technique could have been used to highlight how little information Perry has on Dick and the huge difference between the two characters.
88-89; Perry describes his dream to Dick. This section is completely from Perry's perspective and Dick's portrayed as bored and uninterested. We are never given Dick's perspective, what does this reflect?
Dick's hard and nihilistic character. It also shows Capote's bias towards Perry.
Perspective; in Dewey's sections, Dick and Perry are never mentioned until what?
He and his men figure out they are killers
Capote intentionally makes Dewey seem what when questioning potential killers on page 81-83?
Desperate to find the murderers. This was done to show readers the struggle that Dewey and the other officers went through.
Disadvantage of using this formula
It is written as if the story is non-fiction. This makes it hard for readers to put what they read into realistic context.
What could the book be potentially filled with?
Biased opinions and falsified events.
The overuse of both facts and descriptive language can become what?
Boring as it slows the story's progression
Writers who use the same formula as Capote because the continuously delve too deep into reporting and could be seen as sociologists and psychoanalysts rather than reporters.
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