History Meets Imagination: "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote.

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A newspaper article on the massacre of the Clutters family is what inspired Truman Capote to write his most famous work, "In Cold Blood". Based on a true story with a couple twists of Capote's imagination, a nonfiction novel is introduced to American literature. Truman Capote's term of a nonfiction novel is claimed successful in his best-seller, "In Cold Blood".

The fact that the Clutters killing really occurred and the historical details Capote includes in the story sets the mood of a non-fictional narrative. The murder of the Clutters shocks every family in "Holcomb, Kansas" (Capote, In Cold Blood 3) on "Monday, the sixteenth of November 1959" (Capote, In Cold Blood 77). The historical setting already gives readers the mindset of how the murder was true. Because the story is nonfiction, it creates much more relation and curiosity for the readers. The prosecution trial of Dick and Perry briefly highlights the "M'Naghten rule" (Capote, In Cold Blood 294), which is the rule that a psychologist can only state whether or not a defendant can tell right from wrong without any explanations.

Capote includes this court application shows how recent this incident was and gives insight to deeper details about the trial. Capote really strives to depict the reality of the situation and catches the attention of the readers so that they consider everything that Capote mentions seriously. Basing the story on a factual event completely settles the terms of conveying the story as nonfiction.

Truman Capote also includes creative scenes to heighten its name of a novel. He describes trivial details about the "ideal apple-eating weather" or how "the whitest sunlight descend[s] from the purest sky" (Capote, In Cold Blood 10). Truman Capote illustrates certain elements to give the story an imaginative taste. Expressing miniscule surrounding details really grasps...