The Reality of Feral Children Essay

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Mowgli from The Jungle Book, Tarzan, and Donnie from The Wild Thornberrys: all of these characters are examples of how feral children depicted in modern cartoons. When they hear the term “feral” people often immediately think of children taken in and raised by wild animals. But, the term is actually defined as someone who is not socialized. “The term “feral” (wild) man is applied to extreme cases of human isolation” (Brownfield 79) but the term is also applied to “incidents of children who were isolated, confined, or restricted by malevolent adults so that their early social and sensory experience was severely limited and resulted in dramatic and often serious personality consequences” (Brownfield 79). “Interest in wild or feral children …show more content…
However, with the proper, extensive care from doctors, psychiatrists, and even adopted families, it is possible for feral children to recover. The recovery may be slow and sometimes the child is unable to fully recuperate, but any recovery is better than no recovery in any instance of child neglect. When researching feral children, the case of “nature vs. nurture” is frequently debated. Nature vs. Nurture addresses the question of whether “heredity or environment plays the greater determining role in the development of the individual” (Brownfield 80). Researchers have often brought up the point that feral children had genetically attained the disabilities that were the cause of their inability to rehabilitate and learn properly after discovery. Of course, it is possible that handed down disabilities held the children back. In the 1938 case of feral child, Anna, In attempt to find out if she was feeble minded (mentally handicapped), her mom was administered tests which concluded that she was mentally deficient (Davis 153). On the other hand, “Anna’s maternal grandmother [...] is said to have been college educated” (Davis 153) and had full mental capacity. In Anna’s case and cases similar to hers, it is possible that mental deficiency was handed down to her. But it cannot be concluded, and there is often stronger evidence that the impact of

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