Essay on Nature vs Nurture Mario Puzo - Peter Cary

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Nature Vs. Nurture
Mario Puzo's, Omerta, reflects the theory of Thomas Hobbes In the state of nature, where the theory states, that in the state of nature"…no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."(The Modern Age: Ideas In Western Civilization, Page 37-30) In Peter Cary's, True History of the Kelly Gang, which conveys the theory of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they. How did this change come about? I do not know. What can make it legitimate? That question I think I can
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After their return to the small Villa where they had been staying, a conversation arises about the men who came to rescue them. After this conversation, without any coaxing, Astorre says, "I won't tell them about anything"(Page 41). Immediately, "The Don felt a surge of pride. Omerta had been bred into his genes" (Page 41). Just these few lines can provide a solid foundation that Astorre's life is already preplanned and set in motion.
In the beginning of True History of the Kelly Gang, Ned Kelly tells his daughter about the family history and the very start of his life. Right from the offset, Ned Kelly had a depressing life. His first memory recounts an event at the age of three: his mother breaking eggs into a bowl and crying that Jimmy Quinn, his 15-year-old uncle, was arrested by the police in a set-up. He follows his mother to the police camp where his uncle was being held. She had made him a cake and when she tried to get it to him, the police officer said he must inspect the cake before it goes to any prisoner, and breaks the cake into small pieces. She was forced to push crumbs under the door of a six-by-six foot cell. While she did this, she said many words and phrases that Ned came to learn. Kelly later reflects on the incident:
These was frightening sentiments for a boy to hear his momma speak but I did not know how to set she were until tow nights later when my father returned home and she said the exact same things again to

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