Struggles In The Glass Castle

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“I’m thankful for my struggles because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” Through the eyes of Alex Elle you first must struggle in order to find your true strengths. An obstacle that most of us deal with throughout our lives. Some, more extreme than the other, regardless having the power to lift us as humans or tear us down. These crossroads are formed at different points and for different reasons in each person's life, nevertheless morphing them into the people they will soon become. Along with struggle comes forgiveness. Allowing yourself to let go of the things that cause you the pain and struggle in order to move on. Giving yourself the opportunity to wipe your slate clean and start fresh. Throughout Flight,…show more content…
Without question Jeannette loves her parents very much. Even so, the way they choose to raise their children in poverty and constant relocation took a toll on her. She learns many lessons through these uprootings but she also experiences many struggles. One of the first struggles Jeannette encounters, is leaving her cat, Quixote, behind on their way out of town. “Anyone who didn't like to travel wasn't invited on our adventure, Dad said. He stopped the car, grabbed Quixote by the scruff of the neck, and tossed him out the window. Quixote landed with a screeching meow and a thud, Dad accelerated up the road, and I burst into tears.” (Jeannette 18) Traumatized, Jeannette learns to quickly disregard her resentment due to the love she has for her dad. Nevertheless, she does not forget this memory as it is now a part of the many struggles she is yet to face. Another struggle the family faces is the poverty that follows them from town to town, city to city. Many years they could not afford a Christmas until everything was marked way down. “Mom and Dad would give us a bag of marbles or a doll or a sling-shot that had been marked way down in an after-Christmas sale. Dad lost his job at the gypsum mine after getting in an argument with the foreman, and when Christmas came that year, we had no money at all.” (Jeannette 39) Jeanette and her
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