To me, the meaning of blood bubbles in the second part of In Cold Blood is a reference to anxiety or nervousness that Perry suffered with in regards to the murders of the Clutter family, but also as a problem he may have struggled with. That was my first impression of the “blood bubbles” although I did look it up after I read it and many writers and researchers seem to attribute the blood bubbles to rage, rather than anxiety. There was one excerpt from part two that mentioned the blood bubbles. In this for instance, Dick tells Perry to “get the bubbles out of his blood” because he seems upset about the murders they committed. To me, this does seem to indicated anxiety about the murders rather than rage which was mentioned in some articles online. I personally did not take away rage from most of these for instances where the blood bubbles were mentioned, but maybe I missed something in regards to this term.
Which Character most intrigues me:
I think so far, and I’ve read this book before a long time ago, but the character that still intrigues me is Perry. We do get to see glimpses of Perry’s odd personality coming through and his past life, but I feel like he is still somewhat of a mystery and his actually problems are not brought to light clearly. I feel as though this is done intentionally as well, to make the reader guess as to what may have caused Perry’s odd behavior. I think the oddity of Perry’s character as well as the enigma behind him and surrounding him is why he is the most interesting character to me.
Direct Characterization and Indirect Characterization.
Direct Characterization: Maria. A woman whom Dick was going to marry (page 119). The author clearly tells the reader who she is and what she is like, rather than letting this character come to fruition with her personality.
Indirect Characterization: Perry. (page 119). The author mentions him being “ashamed” to put swimming trunks on and have people see his legs that were injured in a motorcycle accident. This shame tells a lot about Perry’s character.
Direct Characterization: Dick. (also page 119). Capote tells the reader that Dick suffered from headaches “of migraine intensity” that he would call “the bastard kind.” This is a for instance of the author telling the reader directly about this character.
Indirect Characterization: Paul Helm (page 120-121). Capote relayed this characters’s personality through his actions. Paul Helm wanted to work, and work, probably to get his mind off the Clutter murders. The author revealed this aspect of this characters personality through his actions.
Direct Characterization: Detective Dewey. (pages 152-153) In this section the author is describing what Dewey is doing, rather than using actions and dialogue to uncover this characters nature in this section.
Indirect Characterization: Marie (Dewey’s wife). (page 153) Capote describes Marie by messing up breakfast and her dialogue of having a strange dream about Bonnie Clutter. He shows how upset her character is by the last lines of her dialogue on page 154.
Direct Characterization: Cookie (page 98). Here the author is telling the reader who this character is and giving the reader a small glimpse into her personality by describing how she liked “serious literature”.