The Executioner's Song Themes & Symbolism

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Nurture vs. Nature

There is an ongoing debate among behaviorists about what forces shape the character of an individual. Opinions traverse a wide continuum. On one end, some believe that an individual's genetic code has little to do with behavior. Genetics may control intelligence, physical stature, the acuity of the five senses, deformities and the like, but environment shapes just about everything else. On the other end of the spectrum is the belief that a person's character is pretty much set in stone when mom's chromosomes get together with dad's to produce a unique genetic entity. The nurture theory is inherently more democratic than the genetic one, in that it denies the so-called purity of bloodlines that kept the same families in power for generation after generation in the European aristocracy. Proponents who lean toward genetic control, on the other hand, cite identical twin studies in which siblings...

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