Thoughts of a Troubled Mind

Essay by horse9118Junior High, 9th gradeA-, October 2008

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The northern wind blows with merciless rage upon two lonely figures hiking through the ankle deep snow. The golden radiance of the street lamps reveals the two figures as a thin, young woman holding the hand of a three years old boy whose bones are clearly visible through his skin. They stop in front a building in the middle of the street and the young woman timidly rings its doorbell. Once she sees a flicker of light appears building, the young woman runs with all her strength into the shadows. The boy, with fear consuming him inside and out, shouts for his mother to stop and tries to follow her. His bony legs, now paralyzed by the freezing wind, collapse under him and he falls onto the snow. His mother, with droplets of tear frozen on her young face, stops and looks back at her son one last time; than she disappear into the darkness.

Just like the young boy, Truman Capote was in essence abandoned by his too-young mother and his disreputable father as a child; the concept of love was not present a single time while he was growing up. His troubled childhood experiences, in addition to his passion for journalism and homosexuality influenced Truman Capote and his works of literature.

Capote's troubled and eventful childhood served as a foundation for many of his works. Capote's parents' marriage was in a constant state of chaos. When he was four, the young Capote was deserted by his adolescent mother and his disreputable father left him in Alabama with a houseful of strange relatives. The childhood the young Capote experienced was a lonely and emotionally deprived one (Price 3). As the result of his forlorn childhood, many of the characters in Capote's stories are often "[doom] to a spectrum of...