Art Book Review Paper on Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal

                Dairus Clarke on his documentary “Evolution of a Criminal” provides a detailed account of how a young boy would grow to become a bank robber. First, I think a young boy of 16 year old would become a criminal out of desperation due to lack of jobs. Young teenagers are usually attracted to organized gangs that train and direct youth to engage in committing crimes. I support the concepts of the pleasure principle that argues that humans commits crimes to satisfy their biological urges and needs for immediate satisfaction. Some of the people desires include sex and survival. However, the behavior of satisfying one’s needs illegally is not obtained legally.  Thus, throughout their childhood, young boys are introduced to what choosing what is right and wrong being controlled their moral principles (Stern 34). The lack of good morals would see young boys taking part in illegal activities to meet their desires.  For instance, poor parenting allows the children to growth under less control that allows take part in the various forms of criminal activities. Therefore, the nature of families and parenting could influence a young person on becoming a criminal. 

 Siegmund Freud suggested that increased deviance led to excessive guilt because of an overdeveloped superego. Persons in such a situation would wish to commit crimes in order to satisfy their desires and relieve the supposed guilt. Most important, a young person could become a bank robber to obtain money in the shortest way possible. Freud’s theory also explains the concept of immediate gratification in life. When a person wants immediate gratification, they can be ready to do anything in order to pursue their personal desires. In most occasions, such people do not have good relationships with other persons and often lack guilt over their unacceptable actions (Haley 123). Nevertheless, it could be a choice depending on the way people think. Entering an elementary class and asking children on what they would like to became, one or two children would say I would like to become a bank robber. Thus, criminality may also depend on the way people think and make their life decisions.  There is a common argument that young people became criminals due to the lack of good childhood and education among others. I support the arguments as most criminals are from the marginalized and discriminated communities in the society.

Based on JR’s point of view, I think arts plays a significant role in restoring the power to reject the desire and actions of engaging in criminal activities.  In the past, most of the artworks were highly quality fine arts that raised awareness on criminal activities. The arts also supported the heavy punishments of the criminals in various ways including killing culprits. The firmness of the arts in emphasizing on hard punishment for wrongdoers could trigger a change of behaviors among most criminals to revise their ways. In addition, many fine arts works emphasizes on social justice in the society. This explains the criminal activities that are looked at, judged, and stereotyped. Thus, the arts works are able to create visual understanding and implications of the criminal activities. The arts support the change and the legal revolution that emerges from the country’s cultures. Therefore, most of the art displays would be able to trigger a change of actions of most criminals in the United States due to its visual interpretations on crime.

Works Cited

Haley, Jay. Leaving home: The therapy of disturbed young people. London, UK: Routledge, 2013.

Stern, Vivien. Creating criminals: prisons and people in a market society. London, UK: Zed Books, 2006.