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We Need To Talk About Kevin
Transcript of We Need To Talk About Kevin
By: Lionel Shriver
Presentation By: Lauren Fischer Movie Trailer Released: May 12, 2011
Directed By: Lynne Ramsay Key Points We Need to Talk About Kevin is written by Lionel Shriver, released in 2003.
The novel depicts a fictional high school massacre at the hand of Kevin Khatchadourian (a.k.a. “KK”).
Story told in Epistolary form through letter's from the killer's mother, Eva, to absent husband Franklin.
Reflects Eva's attempt to come to terms with what her son has done, and begin to understand what may have influenced him to do so. Nature vs. Nurture Theory Nurture reflects how someone is raised and cared for throughout life
Eva's lack of attention she expresses towards Kevin is proven to be a key factor in Kevin committing the murders. His mother never paid attention to him as a child; however, with committing a mass murder she'd have to face him for once.
DEBATE TIME! Question: In general what is more influencial on a person and their development, nature or nurture? Eva presents her son from a young age as a mean child. She believes that her parenting has no affect on Kevin's development. She feels this way because even as a new born she viewed Kevin as an angry individual who much rather not have been born.
No matter what she tries to do to please Kevin, he is always negative.
She relates the possibility of her negative emotions during her pregnancy with Kevin to him being such a lifeless individual from a young age.
Nature being someone's genetic make-up. Someone is essentially born as the exact person they develop into.