The simile Capote presents paints a vivid image of Nancy’s bedroom, giving the reader a sense of involvement. This picture captures the essence of Nancy’s innocence, further signifying the tragedy of her death. By humanizing the bedroom of the victim, throughout the rest of the novel, Capote makes a point to note that the rest of the inhabitants of the home key baseboards in impersonal living space. Capote ensures that the reader recognizes the human being behind the statistics and headlines.
Stylistically, Capote creates nonfiction text lacking personal bias or opinion through the inclusion of a variety of first hand accounts. This directly feeds into Capote’s style by not editing or minimizing quotation strictly to White directly correlated with the overall text.