Truman Capote, after researching the Clutter family murder for many years, masterfully depicts the lives of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, the reaction of a small town to a brutal tragedy, and the search for the murderers in his non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood. Perry and Dick take a chance when Dick learns of a wealthy farmer who keeps a safe in his house that ends badly for the Clutters and Perry and Dick.
Capote shows sympathy for one of the men, based on his upbringing, and shows the other to be a "natural born killer. Capote describes Perry's terrible childhood, with parents who didn't get along, a mother who abandoned him and his sibling, his father moving around all the time, and a sister who committed suicide.
Capote portrays their idea of "nature vs. Capote goes into great detail, describing Perry's dreams and aspirations, making Perry almost naive and childlike with all of the memories--letters, photos, books, etc.
Perry is also severely injured, with legs that are smaller than they should be for a man his age. Therefore, Capote plays on the reader's sympathy for Perry--one can't help but feel sorry for him regarding his situation while growing up, and blaming that for the fact that he turned to a life of crime.
Dick, on the other hand, came for a very normal sounding background. He has loving parents, was an award winning athlete in high school, and has many girlfriends. In comparison to Perry, Dick seems to have little to nothing in his background to indicate his upbringing would turn him to criminality.
Therefore, Capote must believe that Dick's criminality is inborn--or a result of nature.
It's interesting to note, however, that it was Perry that did the killing, even though Dick is the one who brags about violent acts more, and Perry makes them up to impress Dick. Perhaps this is Capote's way of indicating he is more in favor of criminality being born by nurture, rather than nature.Such questions are what leads to the great debate between nature vs nurture.
If you believe you were born already with a personality, then you take the side of nature. If you believe that your personality is developed based on influences in your life beginning when you were a child then you believe in nurture.
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Research indicates that various forms of this are found in every major geographic region and . portrays his perception of nature vs nurture in In Cold Blood with Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. In the book, they are described as the killers of the family, but as a reader you get to see a different angle of these two characters; the author wanted to show their human and troubled side.
Body Language guide and examples - how to read body language gestures and signs; female and male body language in business, management, flirting and . Jan 08, · Nurture One of the major themes of the novel, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, is Nature Vs. Nurture.
Throughout the novel, Truman made an effort to share the childhood as well as the adulthood experiences that the characters Perry and.