Bonnie Clutter

Insane or Improperly Portrayed?

A Little Bit About Bonnie

Herb’s wife and mother to Nancy and Kenyon, Bonnie is a slight, nervous, apologetic woman who suffers from chronic postpartum depression, which leaves her bedridden on many days. Having lived a sheltered childhood, she gave up her training as a nurse to marry Herb and settle into her responsibilities as a housewife. Her depression has gradually isolated her from many of her close friends, and she spends her last afternoon locked away in her room, regretting her inability to socialize or be a stronger mother to her children.

Real Life Bonnie vs. In Cold Blood's Bonnie

Which is the Right Description?

In Cold Blood

  • An invalid

    • Suffered from many things

      • Tension

      • Withdrawal

      • Depression
      • Always locked in her room


Real Life

  • Loving wife and mother

  • Active in the church

  • A caring and compassionate woman

  • Never let depression get in the way of her family

  • Unwaveringly loyal to her husband

Works Cited

"In Cold Blood By Truman Capote Character List and Analysis Bonnie Clutter." Bonnie

Clutter. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2013.

"Brother, Friends Object to Portrayal of Bonnie Clutter by Capote / LJWorld.com." Brother,

Friends Object to Portrayal of Bonnie Clutter by Capote / LJWorld.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 14

Nov. 2013.