In his excerpt for The Examiner “Why Boys Become Vicious”, award winning author Sir William Golding implies that people's reasons for evil, regardless of whether they were born with cruelty or their situation brought it out, is greatly affected by their home environment, social situation, fear, and chaos. This stand ties into one of the oldest debates in the history of psychology is the Nature vs Nurture which centers around whether a person's development is predisposed in his DNA, or a majority of it is influenced by early environment and development. The research of multiple psychologists and scientists, as well as the abundance of examples of children who have openly exhibited the cruelty Golding refers to, validate his claim.
Golding argues that humanity can learn from the cruel actions of other humans, but we can never fully get rid of it. “Scientists in Sweden have analysed criminals who commit the most serious crimes, and believe they have identified the genes that contribute towards violence. The discovery suggests that acts of evil aren’t terrifyingly inhumane, but all too human.” Golding was right to believe that evil is synonymous with the human heart, it is in fact in the human DNA. This shows that all humans have the capacity to kill. However, the role of society is to curb these natural tendency, but without any “guidance” all humans would have the same
murderous tendencies as those which plagued Nazi Germany. “Hitler, Stalin and Idi Amin were far from…