Nature vs. Nurture
Your eye color, straight or curly hair, height and pigment of skin are all inherited and a part of our genes. However is the way we act? The question of “are we born bad or made bad” has caused quite a controversy for years. Researchers have been studying if it is nature or nurture that makes us who we are. In other words, are we born to be a certain way or are we shaped by external influences such as parents, friends, and social expectations. Some people believe it is strictly genes while others believe it is the environment. Everyone has evil within them; however it’s their environment that triggers it to come out.
In William Golding’s fictional story, “Lord of the Flies”, it demonstrates the discussion about nature vs. nurture. In the middle of World War III a group of English schoolboys are evacuated from Brittan on a plane and get shot down over a deserted
island without any adults. Two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, come across a conch shell on the beach and use it as a horn to summon the rest of the boys. When everyone is assembled they elect Ralph as their leader and develop a plan to be rescued. Ralph appoints Jack, head of the choir boys, to be in charge of hunting and instructed other kids to do different jobs. The boys decide to build a signal fire and constantly keep it light so passing planes and ships can see it and rescue them. This becomes the hunter’s job to maintain. However all the boys quickly lose interest in their jobs and just want to hunt and have fun. The hunters fail in their first attempt to catch a wild pig and Jack is very angry. From then on he becomes obsessed with hunting. One day a ship sailed by the island and Ralph and Piggy notice the signal fire has burned out. Ralph is furious and goes to confront Jack who has just returned with their first catch. He finds Jack and the choir boys dancing in celebration of their pig, having no idea the fire was out. It was their responsibility to have one of...