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Comments on "Cold Cuts" from Truman Capote's novel 'In Cold Blood'

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Introduction

Comments on "Cold Cuts" from Truman Capote's novel 'In Cold Blood' Before commenting on the quotations from the novel I have to clarify that 'In Cold Blood' is a fiction based on a true story. This means that the book has several documentary elements and others are fictionals. Capote had to use tools of writing a report, and of traditional fiction as well. As a result, sometimes it is diifficult to separate the realistic parts from the nonrealistic ones, even because of knowing the writer's long investigation about the murder and its background. 1) Telling the custom of hunters might be a true story but the other half of the quotation is fiction, I guess. By the time of writing the novel Mr. Clutter has been dead, so Capote couldn't quote from him. ...read more.

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But on the other hand the writer forms our opinion about the characters in his novel, as wee see them the way Capote describes them. 3) This quotation is so formal, so distanced, that it sounds a report from the news. I think that this is real and the writer's aim was to make the novel much realistic. 4) This part is real again because it only gives facts about the murderers. With the help of this we read the novel as a true story. It's well-known from rhetorics that facts are unquestionable, so they are true. 5) This quotations is a good example of mixing realistic and fictional elements, I think. The garden might have been "white with sea-fog", but Mrs. Johnson can only recall what did she really think when she closed the door. ...read more.

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I'm not sure whether Perry had really thought that, so I think that the writer here projected on Perry what the villagers or the detectives thought, or wanted to believe in. The perspective is retrospective in this sentence whereas the writer puts them in a present situation. 8) I guess this information might be true, it's very fact-like. It's used again to show the nonfictional side of the story. 9) I think mentioning the article is again to emphasize the trueness of the book. 10) This confession-like sentence from Perry might be true bt on the other hand I think again that the write used this to create Perry's figure likeable, but on the other hand not saying that he is innocent. I think this uotation might be partly true but I'm not sure that this is what Perry exactly said. ...read more.

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