An Examples Of Nurture In In Cold Blood By Truman Capote

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When a person achieves tremendous academic success, did they do so because they are genetically predisposed to be successful or is it a result of an enriched environment? If a man abuses his wife and kids, is it because he was born with violent tendencies or is it something he learned by observing his parent’s behavior? A few examples of biologically determined characteristics (nature) include certain genetic diseases, eye color, hair color, and skin color. Other things like life expectancy and height have a strong biological component, but they are also influenced by environmental factors and lifestyle. Some characteristics are tied to environmental influences. How a person behaves can be linked to influences such as parenting styles and learned …show more content…
In the novel, Dick and his companion Perry committed a mass murder of a sweet Kansas family. On page 165-166 a detective is interviewing Dick 's parents for his whereabouts, and his mother makes the statement, "was nothing wrong with my boy, Mr. Nye, an outstanding athlete--always on the first team at school. Basketball! Baseball! Football! Dick was always the star player. A pretty good student too, with A marks in several subjects". It was then stated that Dick planned on going to college but chose not to because the family simply did not have the money. Why would such an incredible athlete, with a bright future give all of it away to murder a family all because he believed they possessed stacks and bonds? The only reasonable explanation would be because of the influence of the environment; Nurture. Had Dick gone to college, would his future had consisted of something other than a brutal criminal record and a chip on his shoulder that later led to the disruption of a peaceful family? Clearly nurture has a strong influence on everyone’s actions, yet so does …show more content…
Roosevelt. Even in a time of turmoil the genetics of this great leader really shined through because of the kind of events occurring at the time. The Great Depression was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western Industrialized world. It soon began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Franklin D. Roosevelt helped lessen the worst effects of the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Roosevelt was already a helpful and kind man who was always willing to put others before himself. Considering the position he was in as President and the turmoil happening in the United States, his qualities as a person shined through and really helped the United States. This specific argument displays the importance of Nature because if he were a horrible person who was the President of the United States would still be in an incredible depression (mind the pun). At the same time though Nurture was a big aspect too; without that sort of environment Roosevelt’s aspects would not have been as visible or outgoing. However, when this topic is thoroughly thought through, it is exposed that one cannot exist without the

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