Truman Capote Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Truman Capote Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The pattern of Truman Capote’s career suggests a divided allegiance to two different, even opposing literary forms—objective realism and romance. Capote’s earliest fiction belongs primarily to the imagination of romance. It is intense, wondrously evocative, subjective; in place of a closely detailed outlining of a real social world, it concentrates on the inner states of its characters, usually with the full resources of romance, including archetypal journeys or a descent into the subconscious. His characters’ inner life is fixed through the use of telling imagery and controlling symbols. In “The Headless Hawk,” for example, the real world exists hardly at all; what little there is of it seems subaqueous, has the liquid...

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