Would a good parent’s allow their three-year-old daughter to boil her own hot dogs? Parenting is one of the most important pieces in a child's life, and it shows a bond between parents and their kids. However people who don't give quality parenting lead their children through a rough life. In the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, she talks about her life experiences and hardships she had from having inadequate parents. Despite the fact that her parents intention were to help their children unfortunately, they end up harming the children physically, emotionally, and mentally. Although she is not raised in the traditional way, Jeannette overcomes the challenges by persevering through the bad times, finding her place in society, and
Each and every parent has their own style of parenting. Each parenting style is based on certain beliefs and conventions that are used to teach children to become increasingly self-sufficient as they age. The novel “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, explores the unusual ways that Rex and Rose Mary Walls’ raise their children. Generally, parents will attempt to keep their children out of harm’s way by any means necessary, although, in “The Glass Castle,” this is not the case. Rex and Rose Mary Walls' unconventional, relaxed style of parenting teaches their children Lori, Jeannette, Brian, and Maureen to be self-sufficient at a young age.
“The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls is a memoir of a family that is frequently homeless and living in very poor conditions. Despite all this, the protagonist Jeannette Walls does not lose faith but, but does the exact opposite. She does everything in her power to earn money and get an education so she can escape her current life and move to a place with better opportunities, which is New York (Walls 2005) This book intrigued me because of the way Walls tells her story. She does not have a trouble-free life, but she is a brave woman for telling her story to others. Walls admitted in her interview with Oprah as well as in her book, that she is so embarrassed of her parents in the streets. While she lives in her warm and comfortable home, her parents are in the street looking through garbage cans for food. Jeannette Walls’s approach to life is astounding, and the way she tells her story with such emotion but at the same time some parts are relatable to many others. Walls uses many rhetorical techniques in her writing that absorbs the reader not only to enjoy her book but also to empathize for her.
Reading a book that is similar to The Glass Castle by Jeannette wall can help build a student’s resilience especially if that student is in a tough moment in his/her life. The article The Importance Of Resilience has some what similar problems like The Glass Castle. In the article the author discussed, about a man named Quashone. When Quashone was younger he lived in a bad neighborhood, from living there it lead to some bad decisions that he made. After telling his mom, those bad decisions they moved to a different neighborhood (Gorman, et al). Just by that one change in his life, it turned upside down from getting into trouble to graduating from college and having a family of his own. From reading books that are like The Glass Castle it can teach people, especially students, on how to build resilience accepting support, drive, and hard work.
We are often exposed to face daily obstacles in our lifetime, however as much as these obstacles seem to have an appearance of bad luck, they can sometimes be turned out to help us in our advantage. These impediments often help us find another solution for complications that we have no power over, like my mother always said, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” Therefore, whenever I am involved in a specific hurdle I tend to make the best out of whatever I can. I believe that by having these certain complications in your life, you are taught to overpower these difficulties, become a stronger individual, and also to become independent.
The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls about her life and family. Throughout the book, were many episodes where sometimes rules were lacking and episodes where rules were needed during the time when Jeannette Walls was growing up. This strikes up the question, “which is more important to children: freedom or security?” In my opinion based on what I have read, I believe rules would be more important than, freedom.
Success is determined by the actions a person takes, a person that’s making moral decisions can be successful. The memoir The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, tells a story about Jeannette’s life and the influences her parents, Rose Mary and Rex Walls, had on the person she is now. Rose Mary and Rex Walls are not successful parents because their relationship is unstable and they can’t manage their finances.
In the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle is an important symbol to Jeannette and the rest of the Walls family. The Glass Castle represents hope to the children at a young age. Jeanette's dad loved telling stories to her when she was little “about the wondrous things he was going to do. Like build the Glass Castle” (Walls 25). In this case, the Glass Castle represents hope and luxury. The Walls are hoping for a life that is good and a luxurious bright future. Unfortunately, the family " 'never did build that Glass Castle"' (Walls 279). The Glass Castle represents something else at this point in the book, an unacheivable dream. Glass has the ability to shatter, this proves that Jeannette's father wanted something unattainable
The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. In the book Walls describes her and her siblings’ extremely poor upbringing by their unfit parents. Some of the major themes in the novel are the effects of poverty, independence, and forgiveness. The effects of poverty are shown throughout the novel as Walls describes the lengths her family went through just to get by such as shop lifting clothes and the plan her father came up with to get more money from the bank. Walls shows the theme of independence when she says “Mom liked to encourage self-sufficiency in all living creatures” (Walls 77).
In the works The Glass Castle, a memoir written by Jeanette Walls; it is profoundly evident that young Jeanette lived through an abnormal childhood. Parents Rex and Rosemary Walls psychological self-hatred and selfishness, has created a false illusion of a healthy childhood for their daughter Jeanette Walls. As they manifest detrimental influences through her childhood, Jeanette takes control, resulting in an adult who perceivers through harsh obstacles; coming out stronger in the end. Although her entire surroundings and lifestyle seem to be a toxic catastrophe as a child, the most notable examples of harmful conditions are her father’s uncontrollable drunkenness and desire to steal from his children, her mother’s greed and disregard towards
The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls is a memoir about her early years and her family situation. Throughout the story you learn about her Father Rex, her Mother Rose, and her three siblings Loir, Maureen, and Brain. With each story she tells it conveys such emotion and feeling. The theme of the memoir starts with a hopeful tone the transforms to a somber tone, this is conveyed through imagery, language and dialogue.
The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. In the tells the story of her and her family. Although she doesn’t explicitly condemn the state of her family to the level of dysfunctional, based on the story it would be illogical to call it anything else. For most of the novel, Walls’ family spend their migrating through numerous mining towns, they very rarely settle down and when they did it was only temporarily. Jeannette Walls along with her three other siblings; Lori, Brian and Maureen Walls were never graced with the opportunity to grow up in a stable home. It wasn’t because of their family’s economic status; the blame is on their parents. Their father is Rex Walls, who’s not only a drunk but suffers from insecurity and hypermasculinity
In this excerpt from The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, the Walls’ family is moving into their new residence. The house is old and falling apart. Jeannette and her siblings realize this, but the mother refuses to admit that she is unhappy with the house. She uses her positivity to make the house seem better than it is and attempts to make her children happy by speaking and thinking optimistically. The author uses the character of the mother to express the idea that positive thinking will not improve one’s circumstances.
The Glass Castle's Themes Everybody has someone who has raised them, and the results of how someone was raised whether it be good or bad can result in how the child ends up as an adult. In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls has to deal with a lot of things growing up such as Peculiar Parenting Styles, alcoholism, and living in poverty. Because of the things she had to go through growing up, it made her self-reliant and very independent. Sometimes though, many kids dealing with such harsh living conditions may have an opposite effect on people such as Jeanette's sister, Maureen.
Jeannette is talking about her entire family. The Walls’ family had been through a lot at the point in Jeannette’s life where they get stuck in the desert. The passage signifies the Wall’s will to continue and not give up. Not one member of the Walls family is uneducated. Rex lives the life he wants to live, although it isn’t a very good life, and it makes him happy. If Rex is happy there is nothing to be bitter about. Jeannette uses Buster to represent her family on a smaller scale; wounded, angry, and broken down. The Walls family can be angry at time but they are not bitter. Fights between Rex and Mary happen all the time but grudges are forgotten a minute or two after the event. Anger is an on going theme throughout Jeannette’s life