After You Comes Your Heritage Essay

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Heritage has and will always be a part of life. Heritage can be split into two categories. Genetic heritage and social heritage. Which one affects the personality the most, and which one doesn’t? It’s the thing that shapes people’s personality. The thing that makes them unique. Every single event everyday has an affect on people. It can be small events, and it can also be bigger, more meaningful events. Social heritage is all about where the person grew up, what circumstances could shape him as a person. The genetic heritage is on the other hand completely opposite. It’s what people were born with, that no one can’t change. It’s something that even though how much someone try to resist it it will always be a part of the personality. The question is, which dominates? Social or genetic heritage. When looking through a biographical lens, the story about “The Ugly Duckling” is also know as a story about the author himself, Hans Christian Andersen, and how he looked at how genetic heritage dominated over social heritage in his own life.
The question between social and genetic heritage shows in many different cases in many different ways, especially in “The Ugly Duckling”. One of the most known and questionable cases is adoption. This is shown very clearly in “The Ugly Duckling”. When the duckling in the story was born ”it was very large and ugly”(¶7) and “it is(was) very large and not at all like the other(s)”(¶7) little ducklings. When a little child is given away at birth, and is adopted into a totally new environment with new rules, challenges, and a completely new life. This includes different parents and different friends than what maybe would have come around in another life. This is all about social heritage. The parents, the friends, the school, the city, the country, they all have an affect on the child. It’s all of these little factors that shape people. It’s whether or not the friends smoke, drink, party, read books, watch television. Circumstances and surroundings affect people. Like in the story. The little ugly duckling, who turns out to be a swan, laid in a swan egg, but he grew up surrounded by ducklings. It’s like if a duck adopted him, but he looked different because of his genetic features. This is where the genetic heritage comes rolling in, because he is different from his brothers and sisters. He does not have any personality trades with any of...

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