The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

1537 WordsNov 12, 20157 Pages
Rex Walls, a character in The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, is an abusive, manipulative parent. He exhibits many traits that are classified as neglective, abusive as well as endangering to the general well being of his children. This book tells the heartbreaking story of Jeannette Walls childhood into her adult life. As a child she was exposed to the worst and most sickening aspects of the world due to her parents incapabilities. It emphasizes the struggles of growing up in an underprivileged as well as dealing with her abusive and mentally ill parents. Tried in the court of law, Rex Walls would be charged guilty, due to the countless examples of evidence against him. Immediately evidence of child abuse is present. "Then the flames leaped up, reaching my face. I screamed. I smelled the burning and heard a horrible crackling as the fire singed my hair and eyelashes. Juju was barking. I screamed again" (9), opens the book quite shockingly. Immediately evidence of child abuse is present. Neither Rex nor Rose is present, while a three year old is alone in the kitchen boiling hot dogs. As Jeannette’s horrific screams could be heard, a sense of urgency is gained. "I smelled the burning and heard a horrible crackling as the fire singed my hair and eyelashes" acts as a far more detailed description of the specific neglection taking place. 'Horrible crackling ' as well as 'singed ' offer a vivid picture of exactly what Jeannette has had to endure due to Rex 's lack of

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