I read William March’s The Bad Seed last week and am wondering how much of it is actually realistic…
Yes there’s a spoiler here. The murderer, a young girl (eight or ten), seems to have been born basically with little thought for human life. A sociopath, you could say. She has no compunction for her acts and no affection.
My debate is: Is this realistic? That is, in your opinion, if a child has had a loving environment, is this “bad seed” ingrained? Is there anything you can do about it?
The second part of the debate is, then, if it isn’t “nurture”, then is the killer in this situation to be pitied? That is, if you have no regard for others, is it your fault? Were you just born this way? Therefore, how is a child with these charactertics (like Rhoda in the book) to be treated?
i know there are other threads on the whole nurture/nature thing but this one- I think- is a little different.