What was Capote's opinion on the death penalty based on what you have read in In Cold Blood? What specific incidents, narration, thoughts, or dialogue tells you that? Try to use 3-4 sentences in your post.
Olivia Hoskins
3/18/2011 12:43:38 am

In the novel, "In Cold Blood", Capote is against the death penalty. He thinks it's unfair for the innocent who get misrepresented in court, and have to die anyway. Therefore Capote chooses to be against the death penalty.

Mariah Hutchinson 5th Hour
3/22/2011 11:58:10 am

In the novel, "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, Capote is against the death penalty. Capote expresses his feelings of judgement throughout the novel. Capote belives those who are in denial should not be punished or pushed to death. He believes if they haven't caused any harm, they don't deserve any harm themselves.

3/22/2011 12:03:14 pm

In this scenario, who hasn't "caused any harm"?

Adam Schilling hour 7
3/26/2011 06:34:53 am

Capote was against the death penalty because he believed that it was not fair. He believes that there had to be a great amount of evidence to give the death penalty to anyone. He also thought that there should have been a closer look into Perry's mental health before they could give him the death penalty.

Valerie Lewis hour 5
3/27/2011 12:53:58 am

In the novel "In Cold Blood" Capote was against the death penalty. He was against it because it was unfair and he thought that there should have been more evidence presented in court to be able to give the death penalty.

Burris Tozia 7
3/27/2011 03:42:11 am

In my opinion i think that his out take on death is more complicated then just closin your eyes and not breathin. That there is almost steps to acutally dyin. Tyin in the aspects of spirituality and actuality. Personally i have heard that it take 3 days for the soul to leave the body now wheither or not you belive it is up to you but i think that realm of the mind of a spirtiual thinker and this book intertwins.

Sam Williams hour 7
3/27/2011 09:27:20 am

Truman Capote was against the death penalty. He thought it was unjust and cruel. Truman believed everyone in the town just thought Dick and Perry should die and that is what made it easier for them to get the death penalty.

Olivyah Parker hour 7
3/27/2011 10:31:54 am

Truman Capote was against the death penalty. He felt that it was too harsh a punishment and that there should have been a better investigation into the crime and the mental well-being of Perry Smith.

Amie Howard hour 7
3/27/2011 10:56:16 am

Although Capote never directly tells us his view on the death penalty, we can infer that he was against it, especially in Perry's case. By giving the reader so much information about what it means to be criminally insane, he shows that Perry had more than enough reason to plead insanity but did not. Capote felt that if the doctor had been allowed to explain his opinion fully, the jury would've had a clearer understanding of the criminally insane mind and may have arrived at a different conclusion concerning Perry.

Alexis Sherwood 7th hour
3/27/2011 11:48:39 am

I think Truman Capote is against the death penalty. In the book Capote makes the reader sympathize with Perry, even though he killed the Clutter family. Even though Perry was Schizophrenic, in court he was only said to know the difference from right and wrong. Therefore the decision was altered due to the fact that the jury was not provided with all the information. In the book even though Capote doesnt deliberately come out and say his opinion on the death penalty he writes the book in a way that its obvious that he's against it.

Wade Mathis #5
3/27/2011 11:52:37 am

Capote's presentation of the death penalty in In Cold Blood appears to represent an apprehension as to its fairness. However, in pursuit of remaining neutral, both sides are given ample support and critique. The criminals, Dick and Perry, showcase a near-sadistic lack of compassion for human life in their actions, yet upon being jailed, are painted as having grown distant, at least in one case, wishing to fly away and relive a peaceful life. Killing them is made to seem just and righteous when slaying the murderers, yet not when slaying the repentant.

Kyle Vene 7
3/27/2011 12:29:01 pm

In the novel "In Cold Blood" Capote is against the death penalty. It is unfair to those who have been sent to their death for a crime they did not commit and to those who have no sense of right and wrong after years of mental disabilities and abuse.

Madison Lieurance 7th hour
3/27/2011 12:38:51 pm

The novel, "In Cold Blood," states Capote's view on the death penalty. He believes the punishment is too harsh but throughout the novel he evokes sympathy towards Perry, the complex character, while Dick is the simple one. The reader almost feels sorry for Perry and it poses the question if he is insane or just messed up. Even though most people would agree that the death penalty was a just punishment for Dick and Perry's actions, Capote's voices his opinion by adding that the case should have been further investigated before such a serious pusnishment was decided.

Michael Queen 5
3/27/2011 12:44:04 pm

In the novel "In Cold Blood" Capote is aganist the death penalty because it is unfair and cruel. He felt that it was cruel becasue the punishment was so strong. He also believed it was unfair for the people who were put to death that did not commit a crime.

Alex Karns 5
3/27/2011 12:51:54 pm

In the novel "In Cold Blood", there is no give away sign of whether Capote supported or was against the death penalty. He would add details such as Bobby and Susan Kidwell speaking and discussing how it wouldn't solve anything taking a life for the Clutter's because it would bring them back. Also, he would add how long the process of the sentence took and how they derived the evidence before the act of taking the convicted's life. All in all, you can make the assumption with all of the details of people against the death penalty such as Susan, the Reverends, and others that Capote was ultimately against the death penalty.

P Maher 7th
3/27/2011 01:46:09 pm

I believe Capote's opinion of the death penalty is that it is an irrational decision. There needs to be as much information given to the jury, that is available to the jury. In Perry's case that was't applied. In the end Perry would have had a different punishment due to his insanity if all information would have been known by the jury. Capote does not support this unjust system.

M Sirichok 7th
3/27/2011 02:14:23 pm

In the novel "In Cold Blood", Capote is against the death penalty. He believed that is was too cruel to place death on someone. For example in Perry's case,they should have investigated further.

Logan Perry 5th
3/27/2011 02:22:34 pm

In the novel "In Cold Blood", Capote's opinion on the death penalty is that it is unfair and stacked against the accused. Due to the pressure of morale righteousness, It is the easy way out of making the critical choice of death. This is directly seen from Dewey's testimony and the shock of the courtroom from the detail about Dick wanting to rape Nancy. Perry was dragged down by the judge when the psychologist was unable to defend Perry on the chance of being a potential paranoid schizophrenic. If this information was able to be given to the jury and the judge, Perry's fate may have been altered.

J Wood
3/27/2011 04:15:55 pm

In the novel "In Cold Blood", Capote's opinion of the death penalty is that it is in fact and unjust and over simplified route of decision making. As is the case in this novel, the court seemed to have a pre determined outcome, being the death penalty, and lacked the proper motivation to professionally carry out the trial. For instance the lawyer seemed to find it futile to put forth full efforts to defend and the justice system not fully investigating and gathering conclusive information to better the chances of a man on death row.

Josh Tuggle Hour 7
3/27/2011 11:15:25 pm

Capote does not officially state whether he supports the death penalty or not. But Capote shows certain facts that show he is against the death penalty. Capote specifically states that jurors that did not support capital punishment, were removed from he case and the judge supported capital punish. Also Dr. Jones was too afraid to give his opinion on Dick and Perry.

Brant Smith
3/27/2011 11:31:24 pm

Truman Capote is opposed to the death penalty. His novel takes the same position as well. He believes those who plead against their crimes should not be punished permanently.

Dylan Talbot
3/27/2011 11:51:00 pm

Truman Capote didn't believe in the death penalty. He slips in facts that point out that the trial was unfair. The judge and jury all believed in the death penalty. The sentence was biased and the verdict never in doubt.

Nontapoth V Hour 7
3/28/2011 12:11:26 am

In the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote does not directly express his opinion on Dick and Perry's death penalty. Regardless, Capote occasionally express his sympothy toward the two characters. Furthermore, Capote simply believes that death penalty is wrong due to its cruelness.

R Davidson #5
3/28/2011 12:13:02 am

In the novel,"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, Capote is against the death penalty. He expresses his thoughts and believes that if a person has caused no harm, then that person should not be punished as severely. He believes that the jury was biased and from the beginning, they knew they would choose a guilty verdict.

Abby Knewtson 7th
3/28/2011 02:29:12 am

In the book, "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote was deifinitely against the death penalty, especially in this case. He didn't think the the crime had been investigated enough to make such a drastic decision. He also did not believe that the jury was being completely fair.

joselyn irizarry 5th
3/28/2011 03:40:36 am

Truman Capote was definetly against the death penalty in the book "In Cold Blood". He was against the penalty because he thought it was unfair and a very harsh punishment especially in this case. He didn't think the death penalty was the right punishment if you didn't have the right evidence.%Pr

L Layne 5th
3/28/2011 03:48:58 am

In the novel "cold blood" Capote is against the death penalty. He feels that it is unfair to charge someone for murder when they are in denial or mentally unstable. He also feels that it is a harsh punishment especially if there was no harm caused.

B White
3/28/2011 04:11:09 am

Again, "no harm caused"??? I don't get where that is coming from.

S Kessler 7
3/28/2011 05:05:41 am

It is evident from Truman Capote's novel"In Cold Blood" that he is morally against the death penalty. The way he depicts Dick and Perry makes the reader sympathize with their tragic life stories. This sympathy makes the death penalty seem too harsh, even for the most blood-thirsty killers. Also, the way Dick and Perry's court was judged was portrayed as somewhat unfair because the convicted men were not allowed to plead that they were psychologically impairePr

V Amaya 7
3/28/2011 05:11:01 am

In the story In Cold Blood, Capote is very against the death penalty. He thinks it's not fair and thought there should be more evidence. He thought the jury was very unfair.

3/28/2011 05:13:54 am

Capotie is against the death penaltie he points out that even though both dick and perrie have mental illnesses, they still died and the injustice of that fact

S Movick 5
3/28/2011 05:40:01 am

In the novel "In Cold Blood" Capote is against the death penalty. He expresses in his thoughts that someone who hasn't done any harm shouldn't be punished as severly as someone who has done much harm. Capote felt that the case should have been investigated further before the harsh punishment was given.

J Pedraza
3/28/2011 06:19:13 am

In the novel Capote doesn't really say he does but there are many occurrences that lead you to believe that he does not agree with the death penalty. This is displayed when Capote goes out of his way when explaining Mrs. Meier feelings towards the court's decision.

Sarah Phillips
3/28/2011 06:23:28 am

Capote was against the death penalty. He showed sympathy toward Perry. Capote said it wasn't fair because the people that committed those crimes were criminally insane meaning they couldn't help it because they had something wrong mentally. If the doctor was allowed to elaborate more on there phyciatric analysis the court would have seen that.

C Brandenburg Hour 7
3/28/2011 06:49:09 am

In the novel "In Cold Blood" Capote seems to be against the death penalty. He expresses this in the novel many times indirectly. He feels as though the death penalty can be wrongly executed on those who could possibly be innocent. He feels this way even if there is a substantial amount of evidence. He also guides the reader to feel sympathetic towards Perry, a man who obviously deserves the death penalty and is a schizophrenic who is criminally insanPr

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