Nature Vs. Nurture In Hawthorne And Hemingway's Journey In Life

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Some believe that our environment affects our life while others argue otherwise. Psychologists call this Nature vs. Nurture. People change throughout life and we do not always know the reasoning behind their change. It could be the result of a change in their environment or even a trait from their family history. Our journey through this thing called life usually takes us on an unexpected course based on the experiences of others and the decisions we make. Hawthorne and Hemingway were changed by their journey in life and their stories reflect that change.

The first person changed by their journey was Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne 's journey was an internal one. He grew up Puritan and found out that his grandfather was a harsh judge. Nathaniel wanted redemption from what his grandfather did during the Salem Witch trials. He did not know how to cope with this “double dose of sin”. According to Puritan religion, everyone is born into sin. (English) Hawthorne believed that he would carry the sins of his grandfather throughout his life. The weight and sins of his grandfather was a heavy burden for Nathaniel Hawthorne to carry but he learned to live with hope in his life’s
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Before the war, Harold Krebs was living a normal Methodist life in Kansas with his mom and younger sister. Once he returned home from World War I, Harold became very distant from everyone. For example, when his mom told him that she loved him Krebs replied with he can never love. Krebs may have been suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health problem that can occur after a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. ("PTSD: National Center for PTSD") Avoidance, not wanting to think about or feel emotions, is a symptom of PTSD. His story, however, ended with some hope unlike Hemingway’s. Maybe Hemingway put all his hope in Harold Krebs’s life instead of his

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