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In "The Tulip Touch" by Anne Fine was Tulip born evil?

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'Tulip Was Born Evil' This essay will explore the statement above to see how far it can be seen as true. One way of interpreting it is to consider the way in which Tulip may or may not be regarded as evil, in terms of nature versus nurture. In other words, the way Tulip has been brought up to behave, can be compared to the fact that she may have just been born evil. In the novel, there are two distinct points of view; those who consider Tulip to have been born with genes of evil, and those who have a greater amount of sympathy towards her and consider that her upbringing is to blame for her malevolent actions. In addition, it could be argued that the reason Tulip conducts herself in such a way is not for one reason alone, rather; it could be a combination of evil genes, nature; and home life, nurture. In the Tulip Touch, Anne Fine portrays Natalie's mother as a character who believes that Tulip is a child clever enough to think for herself and realise the difference between right and wrong. This can been seen when she argues: "Because she's bright enough to see that if enough people go around doing exactly what they want, everyone's miserable." ...read more.

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This is apparent when Natalie is being driven away in the car after injuring herself wading over to the stone boy in the lily pond: "But I can still see both their faces. Tulip's? Well, ugly and uncaring, certainly." In other words, Tulip has no sympathy for her friend when she knows that Natalie has been hurt. Tulip should be concerned and care about Natalie, yet she behaves in a way no-one else would do towards someone after being injured. It is quite clear that Tulip desires attention only for herself, and she cannot bear the fact that people are focusing on another person, and not her. The girl is only concerned if she is involved, yet when she is not the centre of attention, she behaves in an unacceptable way; an evil way. On the other hand, the way in which Tulip behaves towards other people may be due to how she has been treated herself at home. Anne Fine represents Natalie's father as a character who believes that Tulip does not appear to understand the difference between right and wrong as a result of this: "To really know right from wrong you need a certain emotional sympathy. And you only learn that from being treated properly yourself." ...read more.

Conclusion

From the beginning, they have nurtured her to become the way she is now. In conclusion, I consider that it is, in fact, nurture which causes Tulip's behaviour to be regarded as evil. I therefore disagree with the statement. A flower is very delicate, and must be handled with care: in order for the flower to thrive, it must be nurtured and loved; if it does not obtain what it needs, then it will die. I believe this to be a similar case with anyone once they have been born. I also believe this to be the case with Tulip. She is neglected at home and has never been given a chance to have any success, any happiness. I consider that she only behaves in such a way because her woe caused by her wretched home life has become repressed; turned into anger. She takes out all her anger on other people, and she copies the behaviour which she's had done to herself. The twisted games she devises are based on the experiences she has had at home. She sees no point in trying to find the truth when everything she does at home is wrong. Therefore, if Tulip were a real flower, her petals would be shrivelled and brown; they were never given the opportunity to bloom. ...read more.

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