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Day 26 – Do you think Voldemort is evil due to his nature or his traumatic childhood?
Ah, nature versus nurture. I could probably go into more depth on this, but I had really only planned on doing a paragraph or two per question so I will do my best to sum up my thoughts concisely. I believe that nature and nurture both play a part in Tom Riddle’s descent into evil, but if his childhood were to have been happy I am inclined to believe that Voldemort may not have been as evil as he turned out to be. We have seen those who rise from trauma and tragedies, and we have seen those who let them be consumed by them. Two people who have the same upbringing can turn out totally different.
However, Tom Riddle had the cards stacked against him early on in life. He was conceived under a love potion, and a loveless union. Had his mother lived to care for him, would be just as evil? Mrs. Cole at the orphanage said he was a “funny baby” who seldom cried which leads me to believe there already wasn’t something quite right, and it was a bit of foreshadowing of what was to come. Between the need to be special and a family history that was rife with an obsession with their bloodline, I don’t think Tom stood much of a chance against the world. At the very least, Tom may have been a sociopath rather than Lord Voldemort.
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