Perry attributes the sorry state of his life to a childhood filled with constant violence and neglect. Sure enough he is right. He taught him new words to try to expand his cellmate's vocabulary, though this usually resulted in bawdy poetry. Hey, What You Lookin' At? Perry is overwhelmed, almost disturbed, by the way Dick easily charms the salesmen and acquires a good amount of money. I would argue, however, that instead of lacking in motive, the murders are clearly driven by a subconscious rage at the oppression of gay men in mid-twentieth-century mid-America, as well as the shame and self-loathing caused by their marginalization. Only during the ride back to Kansas, when Blake is questioned by Forsythe and narrates the story, do we see the true horror of what happened that night.
I was on crutches, I was pretty helpless. Out of respect for his folks. Then I could have judged for myself how gentle Mr. Just before Dick gives the signal, the businessman pulls over to pick up a third hitchhiker — a black soldier. They hold tacky souvenirs, old letters, and notebooks.
His father built a mobile home and the two traveled the country together. Even though he wants to ''pick a bushel full of diamonds'' Perry knows that as soon as he reaches for the expensive rocks, a snake, who guards the tree, is going to fall on him. Lesson Summary Perry Smith was a walking contradiction. As Capote sketches the two men early on, the language shared between the pair is endearing, if slightly ironic. To add insult to injury, or in this case, to add injury to insult, Perry gets into a motorcycle accident after his Army discharge. Grab a car and raise dust.
He had shared a cell with Dick that summer, and had mentioned to him that the Clutter family was well off. Another difference is the way he portrays each character, this is very important because it helps the reader understand how the author felt towards each character. After attempting to rob the house, only to discover that they had been mistaken, they killed the entire family and fled the scene. There is a question of whether or not Dick actually killed Nancy and Mrs. One of the two murderers of the Clutter family, Dick is motivated by carnal impulses: lust, greed, vanity, and indulgence of any kind. Truman Capote is the author who becomes captivated by the case and follows the investigation, interviewing and paying close attention to detail in his narration of it.
According to 's account of the Clutter murders, , Hickock was prevented by his partner in crime, Smith, from 16-year-old Nancy Clutter during the crime in the Clutter home. He never really grew up. Alvin and his wife, Marie, are in the kitchen. That was half the plot; the second half was: goodbye, Perry. This is Capote's way of being both a journalist and novelist at the same time. In an age when sodomy laws were enforced across America and homosexuality was considered a perverse mental illness, Capote used his stories in part to give a voice to gay men.
He remembers ending up in a Catholic orphanage, where nurses beat him because he wet the bed. I started what became a sort of school. Retrieved September 4, 2015 — via. And this doesn't just seem like a defense mechanism—denial or repression or whatever. It is unknown whether Smith's childhood or his severe accident were contributing factors to his behavior.
The pupils were Joe's kids, along with some of their friends, and we held classes in the parlor. They find Jonathan Daniel Adrian, a vagrant who has been living in the house. He sees himself as an extraordinary guy, who could have been somebody if given the chance. Clutter, his wife, and their two children, getting away with only a radio, a pair of binoculars, and a lousy forty dollars. Perry, on the other hand, expresses some concern. When he joined the army, the recruiter had to fake his test results to get him in.
But no safe was ever found, and the two men instead wound up killing Mr. Nye visits the homes of their families and the pawn shops where Dick had been hocking stolen goods but not the Zenith radio , and he comes to a hotel where the pair had been staying — where Perry's box of journals and memorabilia was being kept for him. Agent Nye emerges from the interrogation room and spots Perry. If I ever met the devil! At the age of 16, he joined the Merchant Marine. His accomplice, Dick, asks him a few questions about his abilities and Perry talks about a recurring dream he has. As Dewey and Duntz transport Perry back to Kansas, he gives the ultimate confession, recounting the murders in incredible detail.
He eventually landed in prison, where he met Smith and hatched a plan for robbery and murder. They have run entirely out of money and must leave the hotel by 2 p. While Capote revealed the identity of the killers at the very beginning of the novel, he kept both a motive and any connection between the murderers and the Clutters to himself. Hickock and Smith were arrested in , Nevada, on December 30, 1959, for the Clutter family murders, for which they were both tried and found guilty. Hickock talks of 'Perry's exotic aspirations; he was willing to listen, catch fire, share with him those visions of 'guaranteed treasure' lurking in Mexican seas, Brazilian jungles. His need to appear civilized, educated and compassionate is only an illusion to mask his anger at those who actually are. It was during that sentence that his second wife also divorced him.
We never hear a second thought from him about the Clutter murders. Dick continues to build up the fantasy of life in Florida — unlike Perry's romantic dreams of treasure hunting in Mexico, Dick wants to go to Florida because that's where rich people go. This is further evidenced by his treatment of and compassion for the young boy and his grandfather who traveled with them. Capote does not just focus on the murder, but instead introduces Dick and Perry as two people who made a horrible mistake and deserve sympathy. That's why I'm alive today. Agent Nye catches a glimpse of a 12-gauge shotgun leaning against the wall.