Frankenstein Nature Vs Nurture

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The Nature versus Nurture debate dates back to the nineteenth century and is directly related to Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. In this novel, a main character commits many bad and evil acts. Some may say that the character was created with the traits to commit the acts and others may say that events the character went through shaped him to commit these acts. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the creature’s kind nature is erased by the lack of a nurturing environment. The creature’s life represents how nature will always be overpowered by nurture.
The nature versus nurture debate has been around for quite a long time. There are many educated and well known people on each side of the debate that make great points on each side. The first side of
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This group of people believe that your personality is formed by the events you experience throughout life. They believe that it is a form of conditioning. The Empiricists also believe in a theory known as behaviorism.(Cherry) In an article by Kendra Cherry she states, “The behaviorists believe that all actions and behaviors are the results of conditioning. Theorists such as John B. Watson believed that people could be trained to do and become anything, regardless of their genetic background.” This statement significantly agrees with Creature’s personality formation by nurture. On the contrary there are many studies that support how nature is the more influential factor. More specifically within in the genes of a creature. One statement made by Kevin Davies on the nature portion of the debate is, "The key to ultimately defining the respective roles of genes and environment lies with "snips"—genespeak for the sites littered throughout our DNA that frequently vary between unrelated people. " Within this statement Davies is saying that genes play the largest role in determining one’s traits and behaviors. Also in support of nature is a statement from Justin Garcia. Garcia states that, "Advances in the study of human genetics in the early twenty-first century have shed new light on the nature-versus-nurture controversy. In 2013, researchers identified the DRD4 gene, which regulates levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is responsible for giving people a sensation of pleasure and excitement.” In short Garcia is saying that certain creatures feel joy and excitement out of different things. These statements from Davies and Garcia not only support the nature debate, but also show how Creature can be affected by nature. Creature could be made with genes that are predetermined to commit evil or bad acts. Also Creature’s