The American Dream is often described as something that can be achieved by anyone, regardless of their circumstances of background or position, can enhance their social ranking in society with hard work. The American Dream is often misunderstood. Commonly depicted as an idealistic fantasy or an illusion. Can it really be as simple as working hard enough to achieve this dream? In Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood,’ we find out who achieves this, and who don’t, and why this might suggested in the novel. When it comes to mind of who actually achieved the american dream, we often think about the Clutter family. Mr. Clutter is one person who was the ideal image of “the american dream.” Before he gotten to achieve his dreams, he started off working for other people. Eventually, taking this success and transforming it into his own success by having his own farm, wife and kids, and all the wealth he obtained. Mr. Clutter was someone who earned his place in society. “Everything Herb had, he earned – with the help of God. He was a modest man but a proud man as he had a right to be. He raised a fine family. He made something of his life.” (Capote 79). Graduating from Kansas State University, he was a well-known person in the community. Destined to achieve, “he was always certain of what he wanted from the world.” (Capote 6). Mr. Clutter was someone who people would think to have the perfect life. Even though the american dream is normally connected to the idea of obtaining all your wanted aspirations. In other cases, there is a bridge linking the american dream to wealth and material things. But the Clutter family main priority was to get through life with integrity and moral values. “Anyone less admired. Prosperous. Secure. But that family represented everything people hereabouts really value and respect.” (Capote 88). Even though the Clutters, having great integrity and moral excellence, lost their lives so suddenly, made a question come to play in the community. It made people wonder if holding yourself up to such a great virtue was even worth it in a culture that can have people come in and take it away all for selfish acts of greed. While looking back on what the Clutters managed to accomplish, the novel also talks about how the american is dream is different for Dick and Perry. Polar opposites, Dick and Perry’s aspirations in life has somewhat made a connected link material things and fortune while chasing the american dream becomes more controversial. Especially for Perry, when it comes to his unattainable dreams. “a longing to realize an adventure his imagination swiftly and over and over enabled him to experience: the dream of drifting downward through strange waters, of plunging toward a green sea-dusk, sliding past the scaly, savage-eyed protectors of a ship’s hulk that loomed ahead, a Spanish galleon – a drowned cargo of diamonds and pearls, heaping caskets of gold.” (Capote 17). In the novel, Capote often portrays Perry as someone who tried to live the picture-perfect life. But as we see later on that his dreams actually never came true. Leading him back into a dark time in his life, his childhood. “Things hadn’t changed much. Perry was twenty-odd years older and a hundred pounds heavier, and yet his material situation had improved not at all. He was still (and wasn’t it incredible, a person of his intelligence, his talents?) an urchin dependent, so to say, on stolen coins.” (Capote 193). Thus, making Perry forced to have no other choice to accept what is called “destiny” or having no chance in the first place, he decides to go into a life of crime to be able to somehow have a small chance at his dreams. Another thing Capote mentions in the novel is Dick’s greed. Dick’s selfish acts is what really connects to the tragic deaths that occured. In contrast to Perry’s life, Dick was the one who had everything he could ask for. “Was nothing wrong with my boy, Mr. Nye,” Mr. Hickock said. “An outstanding athlete—always on the first team at school. Basketball! Baseball! Football! Dick was always a star player. A pretty good student, too, with A marks in several subjects. Lord, I wish the Lord could tell me what happened, because I don’t know what happened.” (Capote 166). Capote also depicts Dick as someone who lives in the moment. He always acts on trying to find easy ways to get money women. But his trigger-like ideas often goes hand to hand with his inability to not think about the consequences of his reckless behavior. But Dick’s greed is what really makes the novel go on lopsided opinion on what the american dream should be. Because not everyone come from the same background or upbringing, but for Dick after he started to lean into the life of crime, he actually had a set plans for the future. “Dick, who wanted ‘a regular life,’ with a business of his own, a house, a horse to ride, a new car, and plenty of blond chicken. It was important, however, that Perry not suspect this–not until Perry, with his gift, had helped further Dick’s ambitions.” (Capote 55). The significance of the american dream can be contemplated, but there are many factors of how this idealistic fantasy or an illusion can be misunderstood. Despite Perry’s traumatic childhood and Dick’s picture-perfect upbringing, they somehow both failed to actually obtain their dreams. While on the other hand, the Clutter family accelerated through life by staying true to their morals and was able to capture the admiration of everyone in the community. Thus, the american dream is only a mirage used to make people wanna work hard, just to achieve short-term happiness used for a social status.