Kate Chopin's Short Stories

I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen

Do you think an individual's personality is mostly inborn, or mostly determined by parents and environment? Taking into consideration Emily's personality as well as others that you know.

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That is a question that will be debated forever. How much is nature and how much is nurture? I don't think anybody really knows. Certainly both play a part. In Emily's case, she had a pretty lonely if not abusive childhood. It is not surprising she had problems. Still children are resilient creatures and perhaps Emily had natural strengths to see her through.