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Ch 4: In Cold Blood Characters

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Become acquainted with the characters from ''In Cold Blood'' by going through this chapter. Our lessons offer easy-to-follow descriptions and outlines of the characters from this novel, and if you need extra clarification, you have the option to send your questions directly to our instructors.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the characters of In Cold Blood for a standard English course. Topics covered include:

  • Identifying the antagonist and protagonist of the novel
  • A description of Perry Smith
  • Key Herb Clutter quotes
  • An analysis of Bonnie Clutter
  • Nancy Clutter quotes
  • The role of Kenyon Clutter
  • A description of Alvin Dewey
  • Characteristics of Floyd Wells
  • The occupation of Susan Kidwell
  • A description of Bobby Rupp
  • Letters from Willie-Jay
  • An analysis of Cookie

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: In Cold Blood Characters
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In Cold Blood: Protagonist & Antagonist

1. In Cold Blood: Protagonist & Antagonist

Newton's Third Law of physics, the idea that ''for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,'' also applies to protagonists and antagonists in literature. We'll define, discuss, and identify these characters in Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood.''

Perry Smith in In Cold Blood

2. Perry Smith in In Cold Blood

In Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood'' Perry Smith plays a central role. He has an interesting way of looking at the world and a fascinating childhood. In this lesson we will take a quick look at who he is and a close look at his childhood.

Richard Hickock: Character Analysis & Quotes

3. Richard Hickock: Character Analysis & Quotes

''In Cold Blood'' is the story of the Clutter murders in Holcomb, Kansas. The murderers are Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, two ex-convicts. Hickock is cold and calculated in his actions, but shows his softer side regarding his family.

Herb Clutter in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Quotes

4. Herb Clutter in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Quotes

If you are reading ''In Cold Blood'' you may be curious to learn more about Herbert Clutter. What do people really think about the man whose entire family was slaughtered? Read on to find out.

Bonnie Clutter in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Quotes

5. Bonnie Clutter in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Quotes

Bonnie Clutter is a tragic figure in Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood''. Bonnie seems to have the perfect family, yet she suffers from debilitating depression. Tragically, Bonnie is not able to find a cure before her life is cut short by murder.

Nancy Clutter in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Quotes

6. Nancy Clutter in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Quotes

Nancy Clutter is only sixteen years old when her life is taken by two murderers in Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood'. Nancy meets her unfortunate fate in the very place where she feels safe, for the killers enter the Clutter home and brutally murder the Clutter family.

Kenyon Clutter in In Cold Blood

7. Kenyon Clutter in In Cold Blood

Kenyon Clutter, murder victim, is depicted as a typical teenager in Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood''. Kenyon, like all young people, has dreams for the future. The cruel massacre of the Clutter family, however, robs Kenyon of his dreams as well as his life.

Alvin Dewey in In Cold Blood: Description & Quotes

8. Alvin Dewey in In Cold Blood: Description & Quotes

''In Cold Blood'' is the nonfiction story of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith and their murder of the Clutters. Alvin Dewey was the lead in the investigation that ended up catching the murderers.

Floyd Wells in In Cold Blood

9. Floyd Wells in In Cold Blood

Have you ever told someone something and later lived to regret it? If so, you'll be able to empathize with Floyd Wells, a convicted felon who unwittingly unleashes a series of events that ends in the brutal murder of four innocent people.

Susan Kidwell in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Occupation

10. Susan Kidwell in In Cold Blood: Analysis & Occupation

Susan Kidwell is Nancy's best friend and practically a member of the Clutter family. In this lesson, we will examine Susan Kidwell's character in Truman Capote's novel 'In Cold Blood.'

Bobby Rupp in In Cold Blood: Description & Quotes

11. Bobby Rupp in In Cold Blood: Description & Quotes

In this lesson we will examine Bobby Rupp, Nancy Clutter's boyfriend, who was initially suspected of the murder of the Clutters as shown in Truman Capote's true crime drama, 'In Cold Blood.'

Willie-Jay in In Cold Blood: Letter & Quotes

12. Willie-Jay in In Cold Blood: Letter & Quotes

While Perry Smith was in prison originally, he met and befriended Willie-Jay, a chaplain's clerk. During the time they were in prison together, Willie-Jay made a lasting impression on Smith, and when Perry got out of prison, Willie Jay wrote him an influential letter.

Cookie in In Cold Blood

13. Cookie in In Cold Blood

In Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood,'' the author tells the true story of the murder of the Clutter family. One of the murderers, Perry Smith, was painfully lonesome, but at one time, had a relationship with a woman named Cookie.

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