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Ch 2: In Cold Blood Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

Review this chapter to go over the literary analysis for ''In Cold Blood''. To improve your grades on class assignments and get a higher overall grade in class, let these lessons guide you as you study the themes, literary criticisms, point of view, and motifs of the novel.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering a literary analysis of In Cold Blood will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to analyze this novel. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing the symbols, major themes, and the writing style of the novel
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the In Cold Blood Literary Analysis chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

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

  • An analysis of the author's use of themes
  • Literary criticism of the novel and related critical analysis
  • The impact of point of view in the text
  • Understanding the author's bias and tone
  • Interpreting writing style and syntax
  • Understanding the theme of fate, love and nurture vs. nature
  • Representations of the American dream in the novel
  • Ways that the theme of family is used in the story
  • Portrayal of poverty vs. wealth in the text
  • An analysis of Perry's dream
  • Symbols and motifs in the novel
  • The treatment of the death penalty
  • An explanation of the yellow bird and the mattress box

19 Lessons in Chapter 2: In Cold Blood Literary Analysis
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Capote's In Cold Blood: Themes & Analysis

1. Capote's In Cold Blood: Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we will explore the major themes in Truman Capote's nonfiction novel, 'In Cold Blood,' which is a true story about a 1959 family murder in Kansas. After the lesson, test your understanding by taking a short quiz.

In Cold Blood: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

2. In Cold Blood: Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

''In Cold Blood'' is the factual story about two murderers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, and their subsequent capture. This lesson discusses the literary criticism that was given on this novel once published.

In Cold Blood Point of View

3. In Cold Blood Point of View

In this lesson, you will be learning about Truman Capote's use of point of view in 'In Cold Blood' and how this influences the nature of the novel's narrative.

Author's Bias in In Cold Blood

4. Author's Bias in In Cold Blood

''In Cold Blood'' is a nonfiction story that tells of the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas. Written by Truman Capote, many believe that Capote was biased after having spent years talking with the killers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

In Cold Blood Writing Style

5. In Cold Blood Writing Style

''In Cold Blood'' launched the popularity of true-crime, and Truman Capote's writing style of elegance fused with journalism credited him as the inventor of the nonfiction novel.

In Cold Blood Syntax: Examples & Analysis

6. In Cold Blood Syntax: Examples & Analysis

This lesson will examine syntax in Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood'' (1966) and give examples of syntax choices that give this true story the dramatic effect of fiction.

In Cold Blood Tone

7. In Cold Blood Tone

Despite 'In Cold Blood' being a work of nonfiction, Truman Capote clearly offered his attitude and feelings about the Clutter family murders with his invention of the nonfiction novel.

Theme of Fate in In Cold Blood

8. Theme of Fate in In Cold Blood

In this lesson, we will be exploring fate as a theme in Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood'. As such, we will be looking at how this idea contrasts to the novel's investigation into the reasons behind the Clutter murders.

Nature vs. Nurture in In Cold Blood

9. Nature vs. Nurture in In Cold Blood

In this lesson, we will examine nature versus nurture in relation to the violent criminal behavior that is exhibited by Perry Smith and Richard 'Dick' Hickock in Truman Capote's real life drama, ''In Cold Blood.''

The American Dream in In Cold Blood

10. The American Dream in In Cold Blood

In this lesson, we will be looking at the theme of the American Dream in Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood.' In order to do this, we will consider which characters achieve it, which don't, and why the novel suggests this might be the case.

Theme of Family in In Cold Blood

11. Theme of Family in In Cold Blood

Have you thought about how your family relationships affect those you have with other people? ''In Cold Blood'' demonstrates how strong family bonds promote healthy relationships between characters and their community---and how dysfunctional family ties can mean disaster for social ones.

Theme of Wealth Vs. Poverty in In Cold Blood

12. Theme of Wealth Vs. Poverty in In Cold Blood

What do you picture when you think about wealth and poverty? ''In Cold Blood'' contrasts the Clutters' attitude toward wealth with Dick and Perry's vision of it. By exploring the nature of this contrast, we'll also learn what poverty means to them.

Perry's Dream in In Cold Blood

13. Perry's Dream in In Cold Blood

In Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood', the character named Perry has some very odd characteristics. One of the strange things about this man is that he has a recurring dream. In this lesson we will take a close look at the details of his dream.

Love in In Cold Blood

14. Love in In Cold Blood

Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood'' is a true crime story; yet it also has aspects of love, as we see the Clutter family together. There is also love in the lives of Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, though it's a little different.

In Cold Blood Symbols

15. In Cold Blood Symbols

In this lesson, we will examine some of the symbols from Truman Capote's real life drama, 'In Cold Blood.' Symbols we will review include Perry's memorabilia, the silver dollar, and the two gray tomcats.

In Cold Blood Motifs

16. In Cold Blood Motifs

In this lesson, we will identify and examine some of the motifs from ''In Cold Blood'' by Truman Capote. We will also discuss how these symbols contribute to the theme of this nonfiction story of murder.

The Death Penalty in In Cold Blood

17. The Death Penalty in In Cold Blood

This lesson will examine the role of the death penalty in Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood.' Though Capote presents both sides of the issue, he ultimately seems to reveal a bias against capital punishment.

The Yellow Bird in In Cold Blood

18. The Yellow Bird in In Cold Blood

In the Truman Capote novel ''In Cold Blood'' a large yellow bird makes a few appearances. In this lesson we will take a closer look at the way the bird is described and even crack open a few theories about what the bird could represent.

The Mattress Box in In Cold Blood

19. The Mattress Box in In Cold Blood

The mattress box in Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood'' is an object of both mystery and revelation. We'll learn about the significance of this box in the novel, including how it's found, how its use is interpreted by police, and its symbolic importance for character analysis.

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