Every Parent Has A Different Way To Raise Their Children.

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Every parent has a different way to raise their children. Some of them raised there children according to their own experience of how were they raised; others, raise them as they would have been liked to be raised. Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle are two comparable works that the first thing that stood out was the parenting them. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is a book that has many father and son relationships as well as forgiveness, it’s a letter from a father to a son narrating all the experiences and stories he went through his life. On the other hand, The Glass Castle is a novel that recounts the author’s, Jeannette Walls, childhood and life as she gets older with her parents and siblings. Both novels…show more content…
That is why Jeannette grows up as an independent person, even though her mom didn’t observed too much of a quality in her, “Lori was the smart one, Maureen the pretty one, and Brian the brave one. You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard” (Walls 270). The experiences that Jeannette went through and the things she needed to learn inevitably to “survive” her childhood made her an independent and strong women. In the other hand, Ames in Gilead shows a more caring and lovely paternal figure even though we don’t receive too much information on Ames’ son, we can feel a special connection between them. That is why he decides to write a letter of himself so his son gets to know everything about him. From the little information we received from the son we can see that Ames really loved and cared about him. The way Ames describes the moments that he goes with his son, transmits the reader a feeling of sweetness and love, he confesses that the way his son looked at him was the best look he had ever seen in his life, “You reached up and put your fingers on my lips and gave me that look I never in my life saw on any other face besides your mother’s” (Robinson 3). Ames is not afraid to declare unconditional love for his son which is why he wrote a 200-page letter to the son he waited 70 years to have. His letter is transparent, honest, and self-critical, inviting his son to draw his own
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