Essay on the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

1146 WordsApr 4, 20135 Pages
The Glass Castle The Glass Castle, written by Jeannette Walls, is an autobiographical novel that shows how hard life can be when you have little to no money and highly deteriorated parents. During the whole memoir it shows how hard it is to live in poverty while at the same time trying to raise a family. The exposition of the novel is how having parents that cannot support their children because the lack of a stable income. The rising action is when Jeannette was in a taxi cab going to a party when she sees her mother digging through the trash can and feels embarrassed and tells the taxi driver to take her home. The major conflict in the novel is a man vs. man because Jeannette, her brother, and her sister are all affected by her…show more content…
She knows exactly how to keep you hooked and wanting to read more. For instance, in the beginning of the book where she sees her mother digging through the trash and just goes home leaving you wondering why she was digging in the trash in the first place. Another character that she leaves you wondering about is her dad. He is so smart but when he gets wasted on alcohol he becomes this violent person who throws things around threatening to hurt people. By making these characters come to life, Jeannette keeps you locked on the novel and hungry for more. The time sequence that Jeannette uses is not chronological but that is what makes this novel fascinating. In the beginning, the novel starts off towards the end, when she is older, then flashes back to her childhood and shows how she grew up, how she lived, and what she did to get where she is at right now. Doing this gives us the background information that we need to understand why she is so embarrassed of her mother and why she asks to just go home instead of going to the party. There are many symbols in this novel but two of the most important ones are the old car and Jeannette’s tinkerbell toy. The old car is what Jeannette and her family would travel from place to place in. When they did not have a place to sleep the car was their home. Since the car is old there is a possibility that it will break down which it did. Just like Jeannette’s family, the car is unable to be repaired without
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