In Cold Blood VS. Capote
The book In Cold Blood, focus’s on the murders committed by Dick and Perry, while in the movie Capote it does not. In Capote the main focus is on Perry. Perry’s character differs in the book from Capote. I feel he portrayal of Perry in the book is better because it is more factual and more descriptive.
In Cold Blood, Perry Smith is presented to the reader as a heartless and savage murderer, but during his confession, he says, “I didn’t want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat” (302), which makes the readers realize that it is not his savage nature that drives him to murder; it is Smith’s mental condition that does not allow him to feel that his actions are wrong. In Capote, Perry is seen as a soft-spoken gentleman the whole movie. The way that Perry is viewed changes the story completely. In the movie Capote Perry never quite musters the rage of a killer; he lacks the twitches of self-loathing that Perry had in the book. There are repeated references to ‘‘bubbles in his blood’’ when he is nervous, angry, or apprehensive. I believe that Capote makes Perry Edward Smith look like the good guy instead of the killer he is described as in the book.
Perry has some similar qualities in both Capote and In Cold Blood. In each of the stories Perry seems to be an intelligent in both the book and the movie. In the book Perry always wanted to be well educated, and in the movie he fights for his case and seems to know how procedure is run. Perry seems to be humanized in both the book and movie. This is done in each because it is critical that people relate to the killer. Although Dick is not seen so much in Capote seems to paint Perry in a more sympathetic light than Dick in both In Cold Blood and in Capote. In both the stories it is made clear that Perry had the personality he was nurtured that way. He was beaten and abused by the nuns, this is why he...