In Cold Blood

by

Truman Capote

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The Golden Parrot

In times of trouble, Perry Smith is often visited by visions of a golden parrot that swoops down and avenges him. Perry doesn’t consider himself to be a religious man, but he nonetheless ascribes a… (read full symbol analysis)

Two Gray Cats

During his stint in the Garden City county jail, Perry Smith notices two gray cats prowling around the town square. The cats come out every night and pick dead birds from the grilles of automobiles… (read full symbol analysis)

Death Row

Kansas State Penitentiary’s Death Row is housed in a coffin-shaped building, which clearly (and somewhat ham-handedly) symbolizes the end of the line for Perry Smith and Dick Hickok. The cells in Death Row look… (read full symbol analysis)