The Secondary Characters In John Capote's 'Holwell'

Submitted By SamLafave1
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1. In the beginning, the chapters switch point of views, from the Clutters to the killers. The book, showing us all the events that will bring us to the murder, leaves us waiting until it will get to the point of the murder, or when their paths converge on each other. I noticed during the Clutter's point of view, it's always talking about their normal life, and at the end of most of the chapters, it says something along the lines of "unaware it would be their last…”

2. Capote's sensory details not only a view of the simple city, but also a feel. His description ranges from simple details such as "the land is flat" to more complex such as "swollen grain elevators". The city that is "seventy miles east of the Colorado border" slowly begins to take shape thanks to Capote's words. The "prairie twang" spoken by the people of Holcomb begins to ring in the ears of the reader the more they read. Capote uses strong force of imagery to make them truly suffer at the sight of Holcomb.

3. An investigator for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, He becomes very involved in the Clutter case. His wife, Marie, and his two small boys, are not happy about this.

4. Capote includes descriptions of his secondary characters so that he can give a wide variety of views on the story, especially the death penalty. An of this is how Alvin Dewey is strictly in favor of capital punishment, which contradicts Perry’s and many small characters’ views

5. The only serious clues were the foot