Analysis Of Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle

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In Jeannette Walls’s memoir, The Glass Castle, she writes about her childhood and family life. Jeannette’s life is chaotic; it involves constant moving and frequent parental neglect. Throughout this ordeal, she is abused and mistreated so often, she starts to believe that her lifestyle was normal or even positive. It is only when she turns sixteen that she realizes that this is not okay and that she needs to escape. Despite the fact that she eventually realizes the severity of her problems and moves away, she has some problems with staying away from her abusive parents. Instead of distancing herself, she accepts hem into her life and constantly tries to help them. The earliest incidence of this abuse is when Jeannette is four years old. Throughout her entire life her father, Rex, struggles with alcoholism. Despite that, Jeannette always sees him as perfect. He teaches her about life and science, and generally cares for her more than her mother, Rose Mary, does. However, when Rex drinks hard liquor, he threatens and intimidates the kids and Rose Mary. He “turned into an angry-eyed stranger who threw around furniture and threatened to beat up Mom or anyone else who got in his way” (Walls 23). Despite that, since this happens rarely, Jeannette brushes it off and says that, “life was mostly good in those days” (23). Jeannette ignores the negative aspects of her father’s personality and interprets them as part of a normal, good life. It makes sense for her to see the situation

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