It makes the story more suspenseful because you are prepared for what is coming. This section contains 4,139 words approx. Do you think Capote did this town good or a disservice by writing In Cold Blood? Was there a specific moment that scared you with either criminal? Their money is almost gone. The vision of the parrot has visited Perry throughout his life, always in times of need. They chose to marry early, given that all of their relatives were already in town for the funeral. It seems Perry lied about murdering a black man in order to appear more masculine to Dick. Do you believe in the death penalty? On page 37, Dick boasts that nothing can go wrong.
Dick and Perry are aboard a small boat off the coast of Acapulco. By pointing out holes in the sentencing of Dick and Perry, Capote argues that the death penalty is being used inappropriately, as a means to quell the fears and anger of Kansas citizens. The murders bring about grudges and conflicts between the citizens, and they take away the innocence from the town of Holcomb. Perry thinks killing a black man is somehow not as evil as killing a white family, perhaps because in the United States a white family is help up as the epitome of normality. Then Capote goes back and forth from the police and the murderers.
Alvin, awake, ruminates on new developments in the investigation, and wonders why the murderer s took the time to treat the Clutters with simultaneous tenderness and violence. Perry thinks back on his time as a Merchant Marine. Perry obsessively reads a front-page article in the Kansas City Star on the Clutter murders. I only dream about blonde chicken. Everybody begins to meet at the town diner to gossip and point fingers. Was this an effective way to tell a story? What was the breakfast Herb had on his last day alive? Perry then recalls his time in Worcester, Massachusetts, New York City, and finally Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing. Or did you not buy any of the kind characterizations? Would you have wanted its ending to have come sooner? Was there a section that moved slower than others? I even remember reading about one account of a citizen in the book, who was unsatisfied when she found out the culprits were from out of town.
How did the police get their big break in the case? This leaves you more obsessed with the details of how the tragic events transpired. She hoped that it was somebody in town. Did anyone look up the French epigraph at the beginning of the book? Birth of her last two children. What did you think of Josie and Wendle Meier? Perry is shaken from his thoughts when Dick gleefully swerves to hit a dog. What do the locals describe Herb's wife as suffering from? Perry speculates that there must be something wrong with them, given that they murdered the Clutters.
Memories of the murder haunt him. Do you think it was true then? From which of the following does it say in the book that Herb abstained from? As they drive away, Perry reflects on their conversation. Perry tells Dick to hurry it up. Do you think Capote believed in capital punishment? Did Capote make you feel attached to the family by sharing these details? Did the psychiatric analysis of them and descriptions of other cold-blooded killers surprise you? A couple of local men harass Alvin about his failure to locate the murderer. Do you think Capote gave a fair amount of time to all characters involved? He then recounts a recurring dream in which he tries to pick diamonds from a stinking tree, but knows that the minute he reaches for a diamond a snake will fall from the tree and attack him. He chases one dream after the next, bolstered by the highest hopes, only to have his dreams dashed. Make you think differently about violent crime or the? Why do you think he did not describe how the murders happened until Dick and Perry were caught and gave their confessions? His inability to reach his dreams seems to have forced him into a life of crime.
Dick worries that his family will have to suffer the consequences of his crimes. Does it change your opinion of Perry to know that he was a veteran page 128 or to know that he was sexually abused p. He wonders if he was fated to live a doomed life, given that his mother had been an alcoholic, his sister Fern had been killed in a freak accident, and his older brother Jimmy had committed suicide. Dick shrugs this off and orders another burger. The other primary investigators in the case are Special Agents Harold Nye, Roy Church, and Clarence Duntz. Does Capote take a stand on the death penalty? Of course, it will be revealed later, that Dick is a pedophiliac rapist, so once again what looks normal at first glance is revealed to not be. Dick borrows money and buys two bus tickets back to the States.
Perry reasons that the duo will be able to pay off the bad checks once they reach Mexico, where they will become rich treasure hunters. What does the crime reveal about the town of Holcomb? River Valley Farm did not contain which of the following? He seems sensitive and even kind at points; however, by the end, you find out that Perry committed all four murders. This shows that maybe the community is only as nice as they say on the surface. Dick and Perry are having a roadside picnic in Mexico. Who seemed like the worse criminal, Dick or Perry? Were you surprised by how likable they could seem despite the brutality of their crime and unremorsefulness to the end? How does the gossip surrounding the murders reflect underlying truths about the town? Did you like where the book stopped at? Unlike Perry's sense of himself that he can't avoid a life of crime, Barbara argues that he is not fated to a life of evil. Was there a passage of this book that was harder to read than others? Did any of the details particularly stick out to you? What is your first impression of Perry and Dick? With the crime left unsolved and no sign of any motive the citizens of the peaceful country town begin to be wary of their neighbors.
This gives you a third person omniscient point of view throughout the story. What do you think Capote meant, using this as the epigraph? Perry and Dick sit in a café in Kansas City. Did you feel like you knew them? Families start locking their doors at night. Still, Dick himself is unable to reach his dreams, due to his inability to manage money or hold down a job. Do you think Floyd Wells felt bad about telling Dick about the Clutter family? Jones has diagnosed Perry as a paranoid schizophrenic. What's normal and what's abnormal becomes all mixed up, and it starts to seem as if many of the awful acts of the book are committed by people who see themselves as abnormal and their acts as somehow making them seem normal.