Nature And Nurture In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood
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Nature beats nurture in Truman Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood. Perry’s entire story arch seemed dependent on the fact that his childhood was so “brutal” and his parents so “neglectful” that it would be hard to think Capote wasn’t using repetition as a way to convey this (296). Were it not for the letters from Perry’s sister, or his own multiple anecdotes, then you would learn all about how he grew up from the extensive testimony from psychologist that testifies at their trial. The trained professional angle really helped Capote solidify the point that it was more than possible that Perry had a form of schizophrenia, disabling him from being able to tell what is right or wrong (296). Obviously, this can’t be at the fault of his childhood.