The novel starts with a clear picture of who committed the crime. It even is clear that the clutters would die that Saturday evening. By revealing this outcome so early in the novel, the reader feels the sense of doom and is drawn into the novel. However, Capote does not reveal the motive, leaving the readers to guess the reason behind the crime. He continually drops hints about the motive, using the reader's curiosity to allow for a climatic storyline.
I agree that the novel keeps readers interested because it drops hints about the motive of the murder. This crime novel is practically backwards compared to others than I've read because it starts with the murder. Most of the time, crime stories make readers guess who the murderer is.
Exactly my thought: I have never come across a Doyle or Christie novel in which the murderer is known from the get-go. It is the loose ends and motive that make this novel great.
He builds suspense throughout the novel by not revealing all of the facts at the beginning. A reader will know that the Clutter family is going to die, and the novel introduces the killers early on. However, readers remain invested in the novel because they do not know the outcomes of the murder. People feel satisfaction when they know that all of the loose ends of a mystery are tied. The novel does not disclose key information, such as the motive of the murder and the fate of the murderers, at the start. It is also compelling because Capote writes a lot of details of the Clutter family, making them seem even more realistic. Readers are left wondering how this nice family could deserve their doom. Capote builds suspense in the novel by only allowing reader to discover details of the mystery little by little.
I completely agree. When documenting a well-known situation including people who did not know each other, Capote was only left with loose ends and motives to keep the reader engaged. I have to admit that he did a pretty good job. The novel definitely kept me turning pages.
I agree! This book kept my interest, too!
Capote built suspense by letting the reader know the ending at the begining. The story was not about finding out who the killers were, it was about watching as characters made the connections to the killers and finding where they are. Its like playing charades and trying your hadest to making sure the other person is getting the message.
I enjoyed your reference to charades because it's completely true! Trying so hard to communicate to another person without using words and they just cannot understand you! The frustration gained through failure is coupled with the suspense and excitement built as the another person slowly comes to the correct answer!
Exactly! But I think you need to calm down, you're yelling too much.
Capote is a genius! He built suspense by describing the Clutter family. It kills the readers knowing how innocent the family was. They were tradition people who liked to mind their own business. They never tried to look for trouble. We knew who the killers were. I think it was great to describe both parties. It killed me to know what Smith and Hickock w
Finding out about the Clutter family did build suspense. I like how you said bad things happen to good people. It made me think why did the family get killed? The setting was gloomy, usually bad things happen when things are gloomy.
Thanks! I think about it all the time. I think about some of the people around me, the Tina and Ike Turner situation, Gaga, etc. No one really has an answer to that. Similarly, no one can say why the family was murdered but the murderers themselves. Bad weather usually indicates terrible news or events. The only scenario, that I can think of, that contradicts the statement is the movie The Town. One of the characters revealed to Ben Affleck that her brother died on a sunny day. Ever since that day, she associated sunny days with bad things.
...we're doing. Setting was suspenseful too and made me realize that something bad was about to happen. It made it seem like there was no one meaning that creepy things happen when no one is around. The weather didn't seem so fantastic either. A gloomy area. Usually bad things happen to good people.
As we all know Capote killed off the Clutter family at the beginning of the story, yet Capote still manages to build suspense. Capote did not reveal the outcome of the murders, or information about the family. Going on in the novel, I learned about the family. Capote connected the family with the reader. The connection builds suspense on the outcome of the murders.
That is true! He never revealed the outcome of the murder. I knew that a family was killed, but was unaware about what happened to the murderers themselves. It would be unjust if they were not punished. I would get angry if that was the case and Capote included that in the very beginning. He never did any of that. It kept me wondering if justice was served in the end. Not knowing kept me in tune with the book.
We all have the feeling of wanting to see a happy ending. Like you said we need to see that justice was served to the murders to get closer. It's almost like we would be okay with the murders as long as the murders get put in jail. The act of doing is not as important as the punishment of the wrong doer.
Although Capote revealed the horrific part in the beginning of the novel, he still managed to add a sense of suspense in the story. He achieved this through the mood he has set. The mistrust throughout Holcomb and the distress the killers go through makes the reader wonder if something else is going to happen.
I completely agree Cass, Capote had us on our toes the whole book not knowing what was going to happen next.
I felt like the suspense came more from wether or not the killers would be caught or kill others.
I just had to laugh at the irony of this whole book. The fact that the author basically gives us information of who the criminals are, and people still keep reading to find out why is very interesting.
Even though we knew the outcome of the story from the very beginning Capote was still able to add suspense by giving clues, but not coming right out and saying anything. Capote was a genius using suspense to draw the readers in, but not reeling them too far in.
I agree with your last statement using suspense. The suspense of knowing what is going to happen but not know how or why spikes the readers natural curiosity and keeps them on edge.
Sitting down with such a man would be amazing! It makes me wonder where he received all his ideas, considering the age that he lived in!
He used many details of the setting and giving information about the people to cloud the reader's mind with the reason why the murders killed the family! The isolation of the city of the main characters caused a sense of impending doom!
I like the point you made about the city. I agree with all your points!
I think the reason why it works for the reader to know the outcome is because it draws them in and they want to know more. They want to understand the motive, which Capote gives hints of throughout the novel, but ultimately you have to read to know for sure.
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