This summer I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and it was amazing. I really loved every page of Jeannette Wall’s novel, and it just seemed to get better and better as I kept reading. Wall’s novel is recognized as “a remarkable memoir of redemption and resilience.” But what is resilience? To be honest I couldn’t really truly comprehend what resilience was. I had a very vague definition of it, but, not anything I could explain with certainty. In this paper I will find my own definition of resilience, which’ll not only help me finish a summer assignment but also help me to fully understand resilience.
Resilience is a skill that you develop over time through your experiences. People with this quality are able to gather their strength and keep going even when it seems futile to do so. Human resilience can be defined as the ability to come from your lowest point, back to your highest. It is the ability to get back up even when everything and everyone is pushing you down. Resilience can be expressed in several different ways and different people will have different beliefs on what it means to be resilient. In The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls and her family face numerous trials that require resilience to carry on from. Examples of this quality can be found in both The Glass Castle and in a quote from Elizabeth Edwards.
America is the leading power in the world. Although to other countries we may seem like a well bonded country, we are divided. Democrats and Republicans in the past have never been this angry at each other in a long time. The last time our nation has been this divided was during the Civil War and events that partook after. Statistics in this past election show that 54% of Republicans our in disapproval of Democrats. While Democrats show a 55% disapproval toward Republicans (Election News). This divide started in 2008 when John McCain elected Sarah Palin to be his Vice President in the election vs. at the time Senator Barack Obama. After Obama was elected President, the Alt-Right and Conservatives were afraid that they would not have another Republican in office again. Back when Eisenhower was elected, Democrats and Republicans showed a 60% approval rating of him when elected into office (Thinker,America). From Lincoln to Trump on the other hand, Democrats nowadays are not happy with the New Republican Party. Then in 2015 Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president. He than attracted the Alt-Right with his talks and inciting fear into Americans. Nowadays America is divided and
Throughout the literary works of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Maus by Art Spiegelman, and “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes, different characters deal with adversity differently. In The Glass Castle the characters must overcome family hardships. Likewise, Spiegelman writes about his father’s struggle during the Holocaust. Lastly, in “Mother to Son” the speaker informs her son about her own hardships she had to face. Challenges that characters face can impact them both negatively and positively. Characters from all three literary works deal with adversity by having courage, being resilient, and making poor choices.
There are, however, actions that the people can pressure government to take, which would mitigate and mend the divide. These actions, however, require a champion. With any luck, that champion is Donald Trump. Although a large portion of the nation feels that Trump will destroy America,
Adversity and the struggles that we go through day to day are the moments that build us into the people that we become. Nobel Laureate Dennis Gabor wrote, “Humans are wonderful in adversity, weak in comfort, affluence and security.” Being weak in comfort, affluence, and security clearly points to people’s ability to remain stable. However, Gabor notes that the strength humans have is due to the ability to handle adversity. A well-used strength allows for these weaknesses to not be the downfall of the race. Adversity can be confused with neglect in rough family situations. Jeannette Walls is an author that can represent adversity and explains them through her memoir The Glass Castle in several passages and even references the boundaries of
The most recent presidential election has been one of the most dividing in the history of America. While President Trump won the electoral vote, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, creating a divide in workplaces, schools, and many other public places. The greatest challenges that the President will need to address first are the unity of Americans for the acceptance of all people and the education of young people, as they are the future of our nation.
America is currently divided. Politics from the recent elections have left this nation sore and torn apart by the conflicting political opinions of it's citizens. Politics nowadays are extremely polarized, so much so that we are at a 20 year high with the end nowhere near in sight. This has led to people firmly distrusting and even hating each other, seen by the fact that 27% of Democrats and 36% of Republicans believe that the opposing party is a threat to the nation’s well being. Political polarization must be put to the end, and there seems to be one major culprit, political parties.
In life, everyone is presented with challenges. How we face and overcome these challenges are what make people who they are. In the novel, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, the main character, Jeannette, experiences many adversities. The amount of obstacles she faced at such a young age could easily have the power to break one’s will to get up and keep trying. Jeannette Walls exemplifies the quote, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle” said by Saint Francis of Assisi throughout this novel and her life.
Dating back to the 1600s, ancient Greeks developed something that would change the world forever, democracy. As for the United States of America, we have two main parties, Democratic and Republican. Presidential elections are the start of a country disagreement. For years and years people have disagreed on many topics because of their own opinion about how things should properly be taken care of. As of today, Donald Trump is the U.S. President and has been since the year 2016. During the time of the election, everyone was talking about Trump. He was an unusual man that often spoke without a filter. Many Americans were surprised that a man with no political or military experience would be their president and run this country. As of today, there
Our nation had been divided since it was Established. We have been though a lot of trials and tribulation . Our nation has been divided though race and Political parties.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is a novella that begins with an absurd concept. A man wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect. While this concept for a story is certainly absurd, Kafka contrasts this plot with a rather dull, plain narrative. It may initially seem novel to explain a ridiculous situation in a simple manner, but this causes the novella to be quite boring.
As a young American, and a very critical one at that, I believe that America is on a path to chaos. There may have been or may be a chance at some point in America’s long timeline where unity through diversity could be achieved in reality- that’s the principal this county was founded on after all- but the minds and hearts of the American people have never really been open to the idea. There is so much hatred and fear for people of other cultures in America that I honestly do not believe that America as a nation can ever become truly socially unified. Our citizens and government like to claim that we are a country where people of all kinds and cultures can come and be prosperous; live as they please, do as they please, be who they please, but from what I have seen in my short 19 years as an American I do not believe that to be entirely true.
During times of difficulty, people are forced to survive and prevail by using specific traits that help them do this. For example in the memoir The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls grows up in an environment that forces her to use certain traits to help her overcome adversity in her childhood. For example, her ability to distract herself from negative situations, her acceptance during tough times, and her constant trust that her parents will only do the best for her, are a few examples of these traits. As the story progresses, Jeanette continually and constantly uses these traits.