Jeannette and her siblings adapt to self- sufficiency from a young age, from being emotionally and physically neglected by their parents. The children don’t expect anything so they learn to work with what they have and what opportunities come their way. Jeannette saw the suffering of the family and took this leadership for the family guiding her sibling in the correct path.
When her father passed away she had nobody to tell her what to do and how to act. This was very devastating and she had a hard time dealing with change. So much so that she wouldn't let the police take the body of her father out of the house for three days after his death. The only thing that was constant in her house was the slave
Even if that meant for her to lower her self to find low pay work to provide for her children. Soon after establishing some stability, they soon started making relationships with people while they were working. Including their new apartment where they lived after they got evicted due to not paying the months rent, a relationship that changed their lives. A new home, new friends, and new work. “Yet many urban relationships do not involve neighbors. More affluent urbanites especially—many of whom move from city to city to establish careers—are not linked to neighborhoods in any traditional sense (Social Psychology, 185).” As they created relationships across different places in New York, they began to find work. From then on slowly started making a living and end up later being very blessed in
However, with her alcoholic dad who rarely kept a job and her mother who suffered mood swings, they had to find food from her school garbage or eat expired food they had previously when they had the slightest bit of money. In addition, when bills and mortgage piled up, they would pack their bags and look for a new home to live in, if they could even call it a stable home, since they would be on the move so often. Jeanette needed a dad who wouldn’t disappear for days at a time, and a mom that was emotionally stable, but because she didn’t have that, she grew up in an environment where she would get teased or harassed for it. Jeanette suffered so much, that even at one point, she tried convincing her mother to leave her father because of the trouble he had caused the family already. A child should be able to depend on their parents for food and to be there for them when they need it, and when that part of a child’s security is taken away, it leaves them lost and on their own, free and confused about what to do next.
When the Natives invaded Lancaster, she was but useless when it came to trying to save her family. Without her husband, there she felt useless and incapable of keeping all of her family alive. One by one most of her family was killed off which only left her a few kids (that she knew of) that managed to survive.
Through it all she still excelled in high school and was an excellent basketball player, while using these things as a means of escape from the violence that surrounded her. She decided to spend the summer in New Orleans. She worked in a chicken factory as a strike breaker then found work in a restaurant making more money than she ever had before.
Such as, her mother has always been embarrassed of their small Mennonite town in Manitoba , she has felt as if the town and the people that are situated in it hold her back. To Trudy, the town does not allow her to live her life how she wants, nor live it to the fullest. Nomi and her sister, Tash, would often ask each other “Is our mother crazy in a cool, fun way or has she now stepped over the line into disturbing, crazy that we would like to see stopped?”(12). Not only did other in the town think their mother was mad, Nomi along with many others knew that Trudie, her mother, had an eye for travel and that most topics she discussed were about had to do with how amazing and wonderful everything outside their town was, like for example
Unlike her father and sister Jeanette shows us that it is capable to reach your full potential regardless of what you have gone through. Even through the hardships of her childhood Jeanette is set on moving to New York with Lori and becoming a reporter. By putting her past aside she is able to achieve this and finally reaches her full potential. “I still went into the office in the city once a week, but this was where John and I lived and worked, our home—the first house I’d ever owned. Mom and Lori admired the wide planked floorboards, the big fireplaces, and the ceiling beams made from locust posts, with gouge marks from the ax that had felled them.” Unlike any of the houses she lived in as a child, her current home goes above and beyond. If you compare Jeannette to her sister Maureen it’s clear that becoming all that you can be depends solely on yourself. Maureen went through the same experiences as Jeanette, yet Jeanette is the one who decides to do something with her life, while Maureen continues to let her life be the same as it always was.
Specifically, when her mom left the kids alone with her father. "Before mom left, she gave me two hundred dollars. That was plenty... I did the math... I worked up a budget and calculated...I bought food and made meals for Brian, Maureen, and me." (Walls 209-210). She was accountable for keeping up with budgeting and raising her siblings on her own. These tasks an adult would do, and when she grew older, she knew how to take care of herself because of her experience when her mom left the kids alone (Walls
‘The Glass Castle’ by Jeannette Walls, is a book of the trials and tribulations of the Walls family. Even though times had been tough and the parenting was not the best, at the end of the day they were all there for each other. With this tough childhood, Jeannette had, shaped her as a successful woman. Growing up, Jeannette learned responsibility, education and fearlessness all at a young age. Jeanette's childhood taught her all the things she needed to be a successful woman
For many years of her childhood, she was constantly teased and abused because she was different. Even through the abuse, Jodee always stayed kind and caring. One person she helped was her high school friend Noreen. Jodee befriended the lonely girl in her speech class, later she learned how much it helped Noreen. Noreen, just like Jodee, was constantly harassed for being different, leading her to have no friends at the high school. Jodee gave Noreen someone to share her pain with, and gave her someone she could trust in. Another person Jodee helped was Marianne. Jodee helped her by working with the deaf children at Holy Ascension, treating Marianne like the little sister she never had. She was an outcast from regular children and the deaf children as well. This was due to the fact that even compared to the deaf kids she was different, and they couldn't understand her.”... A small bungalow, though the home was in need of repair, the yard was well tended” (Blanco 27)This made what Jodee did even more important,because Marianne wasn’t exactly the most wealthy, so she had a life just as bad at home as at school, meaning so much more to have Jodee act as her big sister.. Jodee also helped Rodger, a special ed student in her high school. She worked on a prom for the special ed kids since they were not invited to the regular prom for their school. He was able to feel like he was just a regular student for one night of his life. She
-What is the purpose of her character? So that women of the forties could empathize with her situation more
is like no other woman in the book or indeed of her time and by
She got the chance to earn a large sum of money that in that time would be impossible for a woman to earn in such a short time. She even had to get it from a man and needed her father's signature as if she was a