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In Cold Blood: Context: Socio-Economic Conditions in the 1950's
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the sociological and economic factors which are combined to show someone's economic and social position compared to others.
Socioeconomics are influenced by...
Agriculture, Occupation, Environment, Education, Employment, Housing, Income, Family Life, Health
Herb Clutter is firstly described to the reader as "not as rich as the richest man in Holcomb"
emphasizes his social status as being high up and respected in the community. Also, on page 45 Herb signed a cheque for the first payment of a forty-thousand dollar insurance policy.
At this time, the more income you have...
the better your personality will be compared to someone with less income
Herb is very humble and responsible...
he doesn't act above other people and is kind and sociable.
Bonnie has a different personality to Mr.Clutter...
although she tries to bravely appear mentally well.
Nancy is the most similar to her father because she is responsible and giving...
helps in the community greatly and is described as the "town darling
Kenyon is the opposite of Mr.Clutter...
he is quiet and independent.
Dick's personality can be described as...
cruel and cold. Though despite the brave front that he tries to prove to others, he isn't.
Perry can be described as insecure but caring.
He tries to hide his emotions although he tends to regularly be reminded of his past. He did not grow up in a good environment or have a positive childhood.
The standard of living 'steadily rose' in the...
On the opening pages of Capote's novel, Holcomb is described...
negatively. For example,
"dark for several years"- Page 1
"falling-apart post office"- Page 2
"Peeling sulphur-coloured paint"- Page 2
The negative openings of Capote's novel shows that Holcomb was in a poor condition at this time and...
sets the tone for a negative story of the murder of a family
As a child, Dick was a...
good student and sportsman.
Dick had a normal and happy...
childhood with his parents and family.
In the novel we learn Dick has been...
married twice and has children.
Perry had a...
Perry spent a part of his life in an orphanage because...
his mother was an alcoholic and his father stayed for only short periods of time.
The Clutter family would have been described as having...
a high socioeconomic status.
Perry would have been described as having a...
low socioeconomic status
Perry had no...
qualifications or permanent jobs.
The economic insecurity that Perry owned may have been...
a motive for the murders of the Clutter family
On Page 233, Capote writes "crawling on my belly to steal a child's silver dollar"
This quote represents Perry's self-consciousness and that he feels ashamed of himself.
Health care and the choice of medicine and medical treatments in the 1950's was...
Types of mental health disorders mentioned or portrayed in this book include:
postpartum depression, dissociative disorder, sociopathic personality, and schizophrenia.
In the novel, Bonnie Clutter is bedridden from...
severe postpartum depression and is described as being a 'nervous' psychiatric patient for six years.
socio-economic conditions in the 1950's were different for people and characters in the novel...
depending on their family life and income.
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