In Cold Blood All-Around Mind Map

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  • In Cold Blood
    • Characters
      • Clutters
        • Bonnie Clutter
          • Gave up training as a nurse & committed to being a housewife
          • Suffers from Chronic Postpartum Depression
        • Herbert Clutter
          • Character & motives are consistent
            • Herbert Clutter is goal oriented.
              • "Always certain of what he wanted from the world, Mr Clutter had in large measure obtained it"    -pg.4 ln.8-9
              • "The son of a farmer, he had from the beginning aimed at operating a property of his own." pg.9 ln.26-29
                • The American Dream when compared between Perry & Herbert is contrasting as Herbert was born in the right circumstance unlike Perry, however it doesn't end well for either characters.
          • We only know about him from what his friends say about him.
          • The only bad things the reader is told are from people who are envious about his jobs.
          • Herbert Clutter is goal oriented.
            • "Always certain of what he wanted from the world, Mr Clutter had in large measure obtained it"    -pg.4 ln.8-9
            • "The son of a farmer, he had from the beginning aimed at operating a property of his own." pg.9 ln.26-29
              • The American Dream when compared between Perry & Herbert is contrasting as Herbert was born in the right circumstance unlike Perry, however it doesn't end well for either characters.
        • Nancy Clutter
          • Tries to talk to Perry in a friendly and casual way.
          • Represents innocence
            • Model student
            • President of her class
            • Teaches music, sewing and baking to younger girls
        • Kenyon Clutter
        • Described as the least likely to be murdered (Ironic)
        • Symbol of absolute integrity of family
          • Family gets destroyed by Perry
            • Represents everything it means to come from a broken home.
      • **** Hickock
        • Parents were loving
        • Wife divorced him and he thinks the divorce started his drinking
        • Perry: "I think there must be something wrong with us to do what we did." ****: "Did what?"
          • Perry regrets and shows remorse whereas **** never has a second thought about anything
        • His psychiatrist suggests  that he has an attachment disorder
      • Perry Smith
        • Remaining sibling is afraid of him
        • Two of his siblings committed suicide
        • Mother's an alcoholic & father refused to send him to school
        • His only relationships consist of fellow convicts
        • Father beat mother
        • Used to be in the army
        • "Remember, ****? All that talk about getting  a boat.." -p.47
        • Perry: "I think there must be something wrong with us to do what we did." ****: "Did what?"
          • Perry regrets and shows remorse whereas **** never has a second thought about anything
        • "Since childhood, for more than half his 31 years he had been sending off literature; answering adverts that stoked a longing to realise an adventure his imagination swiftly & over & over enabled him to experience."  -pg.15     ln.7-15
          • Tries to talk to Perry in a friendly and casual way.
          • Represents everything it means to come from a broken home.
        • Investigators
          • Alvin Dewey
            • Maria Dewey
          • Ronald Nye
          • Roy Church
          • Clarence Dunce
      • Themes
        • Relationships
        • Crime
        • Social Class
        • Childhood
        • Psychology
        • Plans & Dreams
        • Religion
        • Innocence
        • Family
      • Context
        • U.S In The 1950's
          • He lived in a time where homosexuality was taboo
        • Truman Capote
          • Parents were divorced when he was 4
          • Author's Perspective
            • Book was published less than a year after the deaths of Hickock & Smith
            • Became close with the suspects of the Clutter Family murders
            • Capote was confident in being homosexual.
              • He lived in a time where homosexuality was taboo
              • Mother didn't approve of sexuality
          • Capote's mother dreamed of travelling the world

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