A Entry Into The Story Honeycomb English Literature Essay

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I think Holcomb is a town where not to many people live. I think that many people would rather live in a bustling city. Holcomb is quiet and you are guaranteed to see a farm filled with animals. I would rather live in a larger city or town than Holcomb because if crime were to happen, I would feel more protected in a large city and not a abandoned farm town.

Entry Two

Mr. Clutter is a middle-aged man who lives in the town of Holcomb. I think the author talks about his everyday schedule because he wants us to believe nothing is going to happen. I believe the author adds little comments like, 'not knowing it will be his last' to create an eerie feeling throughout the story. I do not know what is going to happen to Herbert Clutter or his family. Is he going to be injured, or worse, killed ?

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Entry Three

The author then shifts the story to a man named Perry Smith. The author again talks about his everyday lifestyle. Perry's friend whose name is Dick Hickock picks him up at his house. This part of the story creates suspense in me. I do not know much about Perry, Dick, or Herbert, but what I do know is that they are all connected by one common factor.

Entry Four

The author then returns to the Clutter household and describes the rest of the family members. I think the story continues to bounce back and forth, so that the reader is continually predicting what will happen to the Clutter family and what Perry and Dick are going to do. Nancy Clutter is one of the daughters of Herb and Bonnie Clutter mentioned by the author. I think she is very kind and wants to help her community. Nancy also states she has smelled cigarette smoke. I think the cigarette smoke is a symbol of some sort of stress Mr. Clutter is undergoing. I think the author is giving subtle hints as to what will happen to the Clutter household.

Entry Five

Perry and Dick arrived at a car garage, and they work on the car. Dick states that they are fixing the car because they are going on a long drive. I think they are going to Holcomb because Holcomb is an abandoned town, with a small population, and a long drive. I think that Perry and Dick are no good people, and I have a bad feeling that they are connected to the Clutters through murder.

Entry Six

Herb always attend a 4-H meeting with his neighbors to talk about community problems and solutions. Once the meeting is over, Herb offers to give Mrs.Ashida, his new neighbor, a ride home. Mrs.Ashida tells Herb she does not know if she made the right decision to move to Holcomb. I think Herb is worried and wants her to stay because, if she lives then he will no longer have a neighbor. I think if she leaves Holcomb he won't feel as protected.

The Last to See Them Alive Part Two

Entry One

Dick and Perry climb into the black Cadillac as they start on their way across state. They go to a store and buy very suspicious items. The items include, rubber gloves and rope. I think they seem very confident that they will successfully kill the whole family because they do not but anything to disguise their face. I think it is quite obvious that these men are going to kill the Clutter family, but the irony of the story is that the Clutter family has no idea.

Entry Two

The reader is introduced to another member of the Clutter family, his name is Kenyon. Kenyon loves to construct items and play with old fashioned cars. The one thing Kenyon has no desire for is girls. I think that the author is trying to have the reader create a bond with the Clutter family. I think it is very easy to relate to this family, and I grow worried because we all know that they will be killed.

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Entry Three

It is stated that the Clutters were expecting a visitor. Dick and Perry continually make stops along their trip. I think that Dick and Perry did not intentionally decide to go to Kansas to kill the Clutter family. Perry recalls that he wanted to go to Kansas because he was on parole and violated the terms of it. I think Perry was going to Kansas because he needed advice, his life was falling apart and he needed a long-time friend to help him. However, he never found his friend, and Dick convinced him to do something with him.

Entry Four

Mr. Clutter discuss and decides on a life insurance plan. I find this ironic, because he will die in only a couple of days and he decides to make a life-insurance policy. I don't think it matters that he made one, because it is suggested that no one in the family will survive, so no one will inherit his possessions or money. I think irony is a literary element that is used quite often in this story.

Entry Five

Perry and Dick continue to drive on the open road. I think they are in high spirits and are not worried because they sing along with songs and drink alcohol while driving. I grow increasingly nervous for the Clutter family, and increasingly angry toward Dick and Perry. Dick and Perry have nice dinners and relax at hotels. Perry goes into bathroom where he is in for awhile. I think Dick believes that Perry is getting nervous and does not want to go through with the murders. I also know that Dick doesn't know the real reason Perry is taking so long. Perry is in the bathroom for so long because he legs are causing him to have excruciating pains because of the accident he was involved in. I think this shows how dedicated and focused he is on killing the Clutter family. I think Perry and Dick are disgusting men and have no morals. After Dick and Perry long journey across the state, they arrive at the Clutter residence.

The Last to See Them Alive Part Three

Entry One

One of Nancy Clutter's close friend and classmate decides to go her house the next morning, not knowing that they had been killed. Obviously no one in the family answers the door. Nancy Ewalt, Nancy Clutter's friend and classmate asks the neighbor if she knows why no one is answering. Nancy Ewalt, her father, and the neighbor return together to Clutter house. They make the gruesome discovery of the bodies. I think that it would be very shocking to discover the bodies of a wholesome family that lives in your community. I thought Holcomb was a quiet, small town with a low crime rate, and when murder is something that rarely happens.

Entry Two

I think Capote decided to leave the gory details of the murders and meticulous details for later. I think that if he and included the manner in which they died, it would have taken away from the actual crime that was committed. If someone knows how another person dies they talk about the details, not the actual crime. The details of the murders are mysteries. I do not know why the Clutters were killed or how they were killed. I think that the author wants me to try and make my own assumptions, but he will later reveal the truth when the killers confess.

Entry Three

The mailman notices multiple ambulances driving into the Clutter's driveway. I think everyone is worried and wondering about the Clutter family. It is not an everyday occurrence to see many ambulances racing into someone's home. Once they hear the news about the Clutter murder, I think they are very shocked. Myrtle, who is the mailman's daughter is also extremely angry when she hears the news. I totally agree with the members of this community. I also think the reader can relate to the community. Everyone is guessing what happened to them, why it happened, and who would want to commit to this awful crime toward them. It does not make sense to murder this family, not that it makes sense to murder anyone. However, the Clutters were not rich, they did not own extravagant items, they owned a barn. I am very curious to hear what the motive of these murders were.

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Entry Four

The morning after the murders, the whole community of Holcomb knew about the horrific crime that had been committed. I think that everyone can not believe that this could happen in such a small town. Many of the Clutter family's closest friends are mortified, especially Susan and Bobby Rupp. I think that sense of mystery and suspense is very noticeable here. Community members begin to wonder who is the murder or murders. I think that people will never guess that the murders are people from outside of Holcomb. It is hard because they believe it is someone they know, mainly because their town is so small and everyone knows everyone.

Entry Five

After Perry and Dick commit the murders they continue one with their lives as if nothing horrible has happened. Dick eats dinner and talks with his family. He later falls asleep from being overly tired. I think that Dick and Perry won't be as important as the story continues, because the police will be introduced. I think that whoever is involved with the Clutter case will become more important than Dick and Perry. The community's reaction was the main subject at the end of this chapter. I think it is important to know how the friends of the Clutter family reacted, because that helps develop the police's participation.

Persons Unknown Part One

Entry One

Mr. Clutter's long-time friends go to house in order to clean things up a bit. I think that they see cleaning his house as a sign of respect and that it is their duty to do so. The murder investigation begins, and the man in charge is named Alvin Dewey. There was no clues left at the crime scene besides a single footprint and a radio that is now missing. He know realizes that there was not just one murdered. There is no certainty of the motive. The murderers were suspected to have known the Clutters relatively well because they knew the blueprint of the house. I think that the story is becoming more interesting because they details of the murders are being revealed. I am very curious as to what happened to them, and if they will figure out if Perry and Dick are the murders.

Entry Two

Mr. Clutter was found in the furnace room with his neck cut and a gun shot to the head. Kenyon was discovered in the basement of the house and he was also shot. The women, Nancy and Mrs. Clutter were shot in their beds. I think now that the details of the murder are out, the community is panicking because they don't know if this could happen to them. I think that the Clutters were a exemplary family and now that they were killed, the community is scared and feels that they are in danger.

Entry Three

If I was Dick or Perry I would be nervous that I would be caught and sent to jail. I think that Dick and Perry are very different from one another. I think is very sure of himself and very confident that his plan won't fall apart. Perry is more practical and believes that there is a possibility that they may be captured. I think Dick is overly confident and that can get you in trouble.

Entry Four

Many people attended the funeral for the slain family members. Susan Kidwell reminisces about Nancy as she notices her lifeless body in the coffin. I think the funeral is a symbol of reality toward the community. This really happened and they are not going to wake up tomorrow and see the Clutter family moving around their house. While everyone is grieving the loss of their friends, Perry and Dick are committing more crimes. This, to me, shows how they have a lack of emotions. They write hot checks and buy an endless amount of items so they can later pawn them to receive money. I think that Perry and Dick deserve to go to jail and I hope that they get caught.

Entry Five

Dewey, the man in charge of the murder investigation has received many calls regarding the murder. I think that Dewey is completely focused on this investigation and he wants to solve it. I think that everyone wishes their lives were back to normal. I believe that these murders have caused everyone's lives to be turned upside down. Even the one of the surviving daughters had to reschedule her wedding because everyone was in town for the funeral. I think that a family member wrote a letter asking for forgiveness because he feels that it is the right thing to do and he has a very close relationship with God.

Entry Six

Perry and Dick have no runaway to Mexico. I think Perry is very shocked that he was able to kill all those people. I think Perry lies to Dick about killing a man because he wants to look tough and useful. Dick purposely hits dogs as he drives his car along the rode. I think Dick is a very evil man and he is obsessed with killing anything. I think he likes people and things to feel helpless. Everyone continues to move away from Holcomb, I think they are scared that the murderers might commit the crime on their families. I can't blame them, because if murder happened in my neighborhood I would not be able to sleep at night and I would be very nervous and anxious.

Persons Unknown Part Two

Entry One

Perry carries around with him many items that hold special memories as he moves from place to place. Some of the things he carries include notebooks, photographs, and letters. I think Perry is very arrogant, he totes around things that remind him of himself. He uses words like intellectual to describe himself. I think that Perry is a very cocky and confident guy, considering the childhood he came from.

Entry Two

I think that because this is based on a true story, the author was very close to Perry and Dick. This chapter is the longest one out of the whole book. I think that Capote wanted to create a bond with them. I also think he wanted to dig into their past, so he could realize what could make two people kill an innocent family like the Clutters. I think Capote wants the readers to learn about Perry and Dick, so they won't be so confused as to why they committed the murders.

Entry Three

Perry's life has been full of disappointment and sadness. I actually feel bad for Perry because he was emotionally abused as child by the nuns at the orphanage. Not only is the abuse horrible, but growing up into your adolescence without your birth parents is hard too. I think that between the abuse from the nuns, the absence of his father and mother, and not being able to receive a decent education, Perry has grown up into a confused man with many emotional problems. I think that the Black Widows left Perry feeling very self-conscious and sensitive. It is not fair for a young boy to go through as much sadness as Perry has.

Entry Four

I think that Perry's sister and Dick share similar qualities. I think that both believe they have run away from the awful life that Perry was forced to be in. Perry's sister did not have to deal with their parents being drunks and unstable. I think that it is unfair for Perry to have been trapped and his sister was able to escape from it. I think the reason his sister wrote a letter to him was because she was to confirm that she is overcoming the mental scars she received by her parents. Willie-Jay also interprets the letter, but I think he causes more harm than good. I think that Perry feels even more isolated and alone after Willie-Jay's interpretation.

Entry Five

I feel that Perry has gone through a lot in his life, and I feel sorry for him. It is sad because Perry has no true sense of family, the only person he is close to his Dick, a murderer. His family his dead, his father does not speak to him, and after her letter, his sister does not seem anxious to see or talk to him. One has to feel sorry for Perry, and forget about his murderer side. I think that Perry wants to be close to Dick because he has never truly had family or a home. I think that Perry tries to feel that love and comfort when he is around Dick. Dick however, has a home and a family. I do not think Dick wants to be as close to Perry as he does.

Entry Six

Holcomb is a very quiet and dreary town after the murders. I think the dream Mrs. Dewey had dreamt shows that everyone is having a hard time coping with the deaths and it is getting to them, mentally. I think Alvin Dewey is putting his heart and soul into this case. He eats, sleeps, and breathes it. I think the whole town is very chaotic and Alvin Dewey finds the Clutter home a nice place, where there is peace and tranquility.

The Answer Part One

Entry One

Floyd Wells is introduced into the story. He is in jail and hears the news of the murders. I think that Floyd is very surprised because he didn't think that Dick would have the nerve to go through with his premeditated plans. I think that Wells is nervous because he knew about the plans and that is why he reports his information to the police.

Entry Two

Alvin Dewey continues to work hard on the Clutter case. He arrives at home and seems very excited. He shows the two mug shots of Perry and Dick, and becomes very anxious. I think that Alvin has been working very diligently on the case and he finally received some reward. I think he is making a break in the case. I believe that Perry and Dick will be in custody, but whether they confess is a different scenario.

Entry Three

Dick and Perry continue on, wandering from place to place. A man agreed to give them a ride. The ride seems smooth until Dick gives Perry a signal to hit the driver over the head. Just before he is almost killed, he pulls over to pick up another man. I am so shocked that Perry and Dick continue to commit crimes. They don't realize that they are in so much trouble already. If they continue to go on crime sprees, their situation will only get worse.

Entry Four

Another investigator with the name of Nye continues to talk with Perry's and Dick's family. There is not much success, except for a box of memories. Perry's old love tells Nye that he blamed her for everything and that haven't spoken or seen each other in year. Perry and Dick return to Kansas City and write hot checks. I think Perry is getting anxious because he knows they should remain under the radar and not continue writing checks. I think Dick has no control of himself or the crimes he commit.

Entry Five

I think Dewey is becoming to involved with the case. He has dreams about Perry and Dick coming through windows and attacking him. It is not healthy for someone to revolve their life around one certain thing, especially if that thing is a murder case. There is another breaking point in the case. Dick has been caught writing many hot checks in Kansas City. I think that Perry and Dick will be arrested in a matter of days.

The Answer Part Two

Entry One

It's now Christmastime and Perry and Dick are relaxing on white, sandy beach. Back in shattered Holcomb, a family friend, Bobby Rupp reminisces about the Clutter family. I think Bobby is very disturbed by the murders. I think that when people think of all the happy times they have shared with the Clutter family, they wish that they didn't have to be brutally murdered.

Entry Two

Dick and Perry are slowly running out of money and they are still moving from place to place. I think they are very desperate, they pick up empty bottles so they could have some cash on them. Their license plate is spotted in Las Vegas and the four investigators are starting to question Perry and Dick. I think it is a smart idea to trick Perry and Dick into thinking that they are being interviewed for their hot checks. If they start to question them about the murder, then they might not be successful in getting a confession.

Entry Three

Nye interviews Dick, and he believes that Dick is overly confident and annoying. He continues on with the questioning and Dick fesses up to the hot checks and recounts everywhere he has traveled. I think Nye feels that the interview is getting nowhere and that is why he accuses Dick of the murders. I think is a man who is cocky and when he is accused of murder, he becomes nervous and shaky, which is a change in character. Perry is interviewed by different men, but he reacts the same way as Dick did. I think they both are growing nervous because they are lying.

Entry Four

The case has reached an end because Dick has confessed to murder. However, Dick blames the murder all on Perry. I think he blamed everything on Perry because he is scared of the punishments he will receive if he takes full responsibility of the murders. Back in Holcomb, people hear the news of the arrest of the two suspects. I think that people are shocked and there is also a sense of relief. There won't be murderers running around the neighborhood.

Entry Five

Perry does not confess to the murders as quickly as Dick did. The thing that made Perry confess was when Dewey mentioned him killing a black man. Perry knew the only person who knew that was Dick. I think that Perry tells the truth about the murders. Dick was in it for the money, and when they did not find a large safe, Perry wanted to leave. I believe that the murders take hours and the longer Perry had to be in the house, the more nervous he became. Perry admits to killing the men, and Dick killed the women.

Entry Six

I think that this is the most important chapter in this book. It ends the mystery and suspense of not knowing when they will get caught. All the details of the murders are revealed, the most important, the motive. The main motive seems to be wanting money. I think that the original intent is to rob them, but they end up killing them. Now, the only thing I wonder is when will Perry and Dick be executed. It is the same scenario as when they committed the murders. I wondered when they would caught, and now that they are, I wonder when they will be killed.

The Corner Part One

Entry One

Perry is kept on the fourth floor of the prison. The sheriff and his wife also are placed on the fourth floor. The first impression Perry gives on the sheriff's wife is gentle. I think that is accurate because Perry is now arrested and in custody, and I think that if I was him, I would be remorseful and sad. I think that when someone is sad or quiet, it may be displayed as gentle. Perry starts a journal in order to write down the emotions he is feeling because there is no one is can talk to about them.

Entry Two

As Perry sits in his jail cell, he overhears something shocking on the radio. The district attorney feels that the criminals should receive the death penalty. I think the worst part is that Perry is going through so much, he realizes that he may die soon, and he has no one to talk to about it. His family never shows up to see him, and the only person who cares is an old friend named, Don Cullivan. I feel sympathy for Perry because it has to be hard going through such a tough time in your life alone.

Entry Three

I do not feel bad for Dick because he sits in his jail cell, smoking and reading. He does not seem remorseful or guilty. He does not sit in his room and write a journal about how awful he feels. Rather, Dick plans to escape from the jail and commit more crimes. It is amazing to me that one man could have little emotions. He does not care about anyone, but himself. There is no good that come from Dick escaping from the prison.

Entry Four

Perry continues to write in his diary and he notes that he again, has the dream of the big yellow parrot rescuing him. I don't think anyone would want to be in jail and anyone who is fantasizing about being rescued. These are the consequences of murder. Perry and Dick are asked to write an autobiography by the psychologist. I think the two 'autobiographies' show the difference in personalities. Perry's is very intense and mentions deep topics. He talks about all of the abuse and traumatic events that occurred during his liffe. Dick's is more laid back and relaxed, almost as if he doesn't care about it. I think that Dick is taking it as a joke and Perry is taking it seriously.

Entry Five

The last to testify in the trial is Alvin Dewey. I think Dewey is a very important witness in the case. He put his heart in this case and spent countless hours on it. I think he was last because he had the most valuable information. The main thing he discussed was the intricate details of the murders. I think many people were shocked when they found out that Dick wanted to also rape Nancy Clutter. The psychologist also testified, although the only thing he can state his whether they were in the right state of mind during the crime. It isn't mentioned what he said about Dick, but he is not sure about Perry. I think that that Perry has mental issues and did not know completely know what he was doing during the murders.

The Corner Part Two

Entry One

The Garden City Community arrives at the courtroom to hear the results of the case. The judge states he wants the death penalty and the jury agrees. I think that the community is relieved that they will not be released from jail, but rather they will die in there. There are sent to a small section of the jail, death row, which is also named the corner. If I was Dick or Perry I would not want to die like that. It would be very stressful to know that your death is put on a calendar.

Entry Two

I am surprised that Dick is so calm about the whole death row thing. He smokes and reads to pass the time. I think that Dick is very determined to escape death row. He continually writes to organizations because he needs support in order to file an appeal. I think that Perry has become very depressed and lonely by the whole situation. He decides to starve himself, so he can control when he dies. However, Perry receives a letter from his father, and I think he felt that someone wanted to be there for him. After he received the letter, he stopped starving himself.

Entry Three

Dick's letters attract a man named Shultz. There is a hearing that states Dick and Perry received an unfair trial. The judge was biased and the jury was prejudice against them. The jury, judge, and lawyers strongly state that the men had a fair trial. I think that Dick and Perry had a fair trial and that evidence was solid. They admitted to committing to the crime, so therefore, they deserve the consequences they received.

Entry Four

Dick talks to a journalist who he describes when a man he met on death row is executed. I think that Dick enjoyed Andrews company because they both did not like Perry very much. I don't think Perry liked Andrews either because he always corrected his speech. I think Perry though he was the smart one, he always corrected Dick's speech, but now that Andrews corrects his speech, he feels dumb. I think Dick has had a lot of time to think and repent about what he has done. I believe that Dick realizes that the death penalty is an appropriate consequence for the crime he has committed.

Entry Five

The case has been going back and forth to the Supreme Court and has taken five years. The constant waiting would make me grow continually nervous and anxious. It is sad, but I would just want to die and get it over with. On April 15, 1965, Perry and Dick are hanged. Dewey arrives at the execution and watches as they are hung. It is surprising that everyone is calm and quiet. Dick states that he holds no hard feelings, and Perry winks and says he is sorry. After their short speeches, they are both hanged. It is surprising that Dewey does not feel relief. I think that the chase of the criminals is over, the book ends in a calm way.