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Dreams: In Cold Blood Essay. In the novel In Cold Blood, the author Truman Capote tells us the story of the brutal murders of 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas.

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Tariq Ameer #116 English: Literature 24/11/2011 "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." In the novel In Cold Blood, the author Truman Capote tells us the story of the brutal murders of 1959 in Holcomb, Kansas. In a town that was quiet and peaceful, and the townspeople were all friends, no one ever thought that the Clutter family would be murdered in their own home. Perry Smith and Dick Hickock shot four of the Clutter family members in search of a safe that contained massive amounts of cash, but this safe didn't actually exist. Capote has conducted personal interviews with Perry, in which Perry told him about his dreams. Dreams, both figuratively and literally play a vital role in the characterization of Perry, and help the reader to understand him better. Perry Smith has a complicated and bizarre personality. And through his many dreams, we the readers get to understand him better. Although Perry had only a grade-school education, he maintained a strong interest in art, literature and music. And these dreams help show us that even though Perry was a cold-blooded murderer, he still had a gentle and peaceful side to him. ...read more.


Perry always wished he had a real home, and when he did have a real home they didn't last too long. His first real home was shattered, due to his mother running away. And after travelling to Alaska with his father in hopes of making a fortune and having a real home, both dreams failed due to the roadside lodge not gaining any business. Perry's dream of having a wife and a family wasn't achievable due to everyone's knowledge of the murders he committed. Perry also had a different kind of dream. He has this reoccurring dream of giant yellow parrot. As a young child, Perry was living in a California orphanage run by nuns. The nuns have physically abused him by whipping him and beating him because he witted his bed. The parrot appeared and blinded the nuns, fed on their eyes, slaughtered them, and finally carried him in his wings to paradise. And as the years went by the torments that the bird delivered have altered. Although others replaced the nun such as older children, his father, a faithless girl, and a sergeant he'd known in the Army, the giant yellow parrot remained there to protect him. ...read more.


Dreams also play a vital role in Perry's life and without them he would just be a cold-blooded murderer, who might kill more people or even take away his own life. Compared to Perry's dreams, Dick will seem very shallow, when his only wish in life is to have plenty of blond chicken. Perry's dreams, from becoming a singer to treasure hunting, are all kind of a coping mechanisms, a way of compensating for misfortunes and pain he has suffered through his life. The bird feeding on the nun's eye shows us his dark side, while the bird taking him to paradise, tells us that he just wants some peace. We could never be sure whether these dreams are actually Perry's dreams in real life or Capote just made them up so that we feel sympathetic to Perry. I believe that if Perry wasn't abused as a child and he lived in a normal house with his family, there would not be a dark side to him. The dark side was created by all the pain and abuse he received. So the question is what would you do when you have nothing to live for and all your dreams are shattered? Words: 1188 ...read more.

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