Genetics vursus Nurture Essay

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Genetics vursus Nurture

Bad Parents Make for Bad Children
Genetics is not the only valid excuse for a child's misbehaviour. Society prides itself in
the way a child is raised by parents. Children misbehave because something vital is
missing in one's nurturing. These mothers and fathers allow young children to stray from
moral equity, challenge authority and use violence as a resolution for anger. Nurturing
should include deterrence from wickedness and inducement of morality all the while
considering the child's perspective. Laurie the main protagonist of the play "Charles" by
Shirley Jackson is a testament to this fact of misbehavior as Laurie's parents fail to
stop Laurie's wicked deeds while being ignorant of the five year old's point of view.

When a child does something wrong it is the parent's responsibility to discourage
repetition of bad conduct and encourage understanding that the action committed was wrong.
Parental guidance is necessary for a child's survival because a it is born into the world
knowing nothing, and thus, adapts to the world's surroundings with the help of these
leaders. Laurie's mother shows this quality by correcting Laurie's grammatical error as
seen here, " ‘I didn't learn nothing,' Laurie said. / ‘Anything,' his mother said.
‘Didn't learn anything' " (107). However, telling a child what is wrong is not enough. A
young person needs an explanation for the mistakes that he/she makes and must be given a
reason not to repeat it. Otherwise, a child is prone to believe one can do anything one
wants. The play "Charles" is based upon Laurie's lie to his parents of there being a boy
named Charles at school who misbehaves when in reality Charles is Laurie. This is revealed
as Laurie comes home and his mother explains, "Laurie thought and then said it was Charles
who was bad today (107) . . . / but later I learned from the teacher that there was no
Charles in kindergarten" (111). Laurie's parents, believing that Charles is the culprit of
mischief throughout the story, overlook Laurie's misbehaviour. Granted, his parents did
not know that Charles is Laurie, but knowing what Charles did the adults made no effort to
console Laurie about the matter. Instead of explaining to Laurie that Charles did
something wrong his mother and father assume he understands the situation. The plot of
Charles' actions is more important to the parents who ask, "What did he [Charles] do?"
(107 & 108) than making sure Laurie understands the problem with what Charles did. As a
result Laurie discovers that running from problems is easier than learning the
consequences of the action done. Thus, his parents fail to teach Laurie that he did
something wrong and why it is wrong, so his continually bad behavior is a result of bad

Failure to deter bad behaviour leads a child to challenge authority. Laurie demonstrates
his parents' loose handling of discipline by being cheeky and rude. In the following
passage this neglect to enforce respect is apparent, and so, the child runs from the
problem, "I [Laurie's mother] asked again but Laurie slid off his chair, took a cookie,
and left, while his father was still saying, ‘See here, young man'" (107). Society
believes that an offspring should honour his/her parents. A child is supposed to listen to
a parent and answer his/her role models' questions. No one taught Laurie this is wrong; he
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