Saturday, 6 August 2016

Truman Capote

     It's a known fact that after the completion of In Cold Blood, Capote became a raging and notorious alcoholic. This abrupt change in his lifestyle could've been implicated by many factors. Such as his sudden wealth, all the limelight associated with being a number one author, or maybe it was because of Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, the murders of his book. Given the research and discussions conducted in class we've come to the conclusion that Capote preferred the company of Perry rather than Dick. This may be because Perry was highly intelligent even though he didn't complete his schooling. Anyone could tell Capote preferred Petty compared to Dick,  due to the fact that a good amount of In Cold Blood was from Perry's perspective. Regardless of who he preferred, he still spent around 6 years with them conducting research and interviews.  So it's only natural that once they actually received the death penalty, Capote was present and afterwards a complete and utter mess. Capote himself has mentioned in interviews that after their death he spent sometime crying over it. 
     As he partakes in interviews after In Cold Blood he mentions many interesting facts, telling us how the book altered his life. He states that,"A pale and pathetic shadow remains" of the person he once was. Capote died a month before his 60th birthday."Whether his fatal overdose was suicide or accident will forever be an unanswered question". Maybe it wasn't even the death of Perry and Dick that affected him so negatively, but maybe it was just the book as a whole. A quote stated by Capote in his biography shows us how severely it altered his life. "No one will ever know what In Cold Blood took out of me. It scraped me right down the the marrow of my bones. It nearly killed me. I think, in a way, it did kill me." 
     So maybe what lead Capote to possible suicide wasn't the newfound money or fame, or being under the spotlight. Maybe it wasn't even the case itself, but more so the people involved. Capote spent years with Perry and Dick, he sent them numerous parcels while they were in prison. He stayed in Kansas and attended every single court case they had. Not necessarily just for his book, but also to look out for the well being of his possible friends.

"The Book That Killed Truman Capote." The Seattle Times. N.p., 2005. Web. 07 Aug. 2016.

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