Nature Versus Nurture: The Modern View An In Depth Societal Reflection Through Film
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Through an in depth explication of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd’s The Wall the ongoing scientific and psychological debate of Nature Vs. Nurture is explored. Both films introduce the woven interaction between several elements in which contribute to the full development of one’s personal identity; the elements in which dominate that decision are debated in each film. While Pink Floyd’s The Wall highlights the effect of nurture and free will without necessarily accounting for nature, A Clockwork Orange attacks the issue by recognizing the nature and choice involved in the main character’s behavior and attempting to override it with nurturing alterations, while in the end he is overcome by his chosen desires. Both films draw upon the supporting arguments and potential claims for both the strong influence of nature and nurture, while at the same time mirroring society’s apprehension about completely advocating one side of the argument over the other. Evidence of these concepts is conveyed visually, contextually, structurally and through the use of sound.