Social Issues Presented in Jeannette Wall's Memoir, The Glass Castle

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There are several different social issues presented in Jeannette Wall’s memoir “The Glass Castle.” These issues included neglect – medical and education, unsanitary living conditions, homelessness, unemployment, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, discrimination, mental health issues, physical and sexual abuse, hunger and poverty. Poverty was one of the major key issues addressed in this memoir. Poverty is referred to as the inability to provide for one basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, medical etc. Walls (2005), stated that at times they would go days without eating and would keep their hunger to themselves, but always thought of ways to get their hands on some food. She further stated that

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For example, one parent manages the family's finances, while the other supervises the children as in the case of the Wall’s family. However, as one parent develops a drinking problem, the other family members, often times children included, are more likely to find themselves having to take over the other parent’s role and may be performing all the roles as a result. Such as, shopping, household management, finances and so on.

A major consequence of alcohol misuse is that the drinker's behavior is more likely to becomes unpredictable. For example, the drinker may become easily agitated and abusive. Another area of family functioning which is often affected by alcohol misuse relates to the kind of communications that takes place between family members.

It may be that the partner with the problem refuses to talk about it, even though it is clearly beginning to dominate his or her, and the family's, life, may become tense and nervous, keeping a watchful eye over the other parent.

Alcohol Impact on parenting capabilities and children are other areas of concern.
Parents who abuses alcohol often become increasingly focused on getting the drink, and as a result may become less consistent, loving, caring, and nurturing.. they may become unable or unwilling to adequately care for their children . Children often times experience a loss of parental availability and as a result, feel lonely and Isolated. More often

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