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Man is a product of his environment This has held true since the beginning of mans existence In the short story The Broken Globe by Henry Kreisel it especially holds true Mans beliefs can be attributed to the environment around them The protagonist in this story Nick Solchuk grew up in an uneducated farming environment Yet he fought off his fathers attempts to cantain him within that environment Nick would sneak off to school against his fathers wishes to create a new environment for himself In his new environment Nick became educated In the process of his new founded education he became the opposite of his father Nick eventually became a successful geophysicist from the environment that his own father had tried to deny him Nicks father grew up in the same environment as Nick minus the education His beliefs were firmly rooted in religion and what he saw with his own eyes He believed that the sun moved around the earth The earth for him was the centre of the universe and the centre was still It didnt move The sun rose in the East and it set in the West and it moved perpetually around a still earthpg 51 Still the question must be asked If Nicks father had grown up with an education would he still hold the same beliefs as he does The answer is almost assuredly no Environment can have that profound an impact that it can alter a mans view of the world Another important question musr be asked If Nick had grown up in the environment that his father had wanted would he still have become a successful geophysicist No one in their right mind can answer yes to that question If the roles were reversed it is very possible that Nick could have been a religious farmer and his father a successful geophysicist The environment around them is
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