Analysis Of The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

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As I read the book, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, I discovered how unfortunate other people’s lives can be. The four Walls children; Lori, Jeannette, Brian, and Maureen, all learned how to take care of themselves and each other. Their parents, Rosemary and Rex Walls, weren’t always there to help them when they needed it most. Based on this, I have realized that the four children yearn for freedom rather than safety. The narrator, Jeannette, admired her parents, especially her father. But, as she grew older, she realized that they weren’t people that should be admired. Her father was never home, drunk, and wasting their money gambling, while her mother was either crying on the sofa or trying to fulfill her life long dream of becoming …show more content…

For the first time, this made her mother angry. She replied by saying that she simply just can’t leave him because that was her husband, and she needed to be there for him. At that moment, Jeannette realized that for a change to happen, she must do it on her own. When she was the only one home, a child welfare officer went to their home and asked Jeannette where her parents are. She told him that they weren’t there, and he asked other questions about her and her family. As their conversation ended, he told her that he would be back. Jeannette was angry because she didn’t want to be separated from her siblings. She later nags her mother to do something about it, and her mother decides to get a job. Her mother eventually quits this job, which led Lori and Jeannette decide to go to New York. They both feel like they have no future in Welch, and they both decide to go to New …show more content…

She wrote regularly to inform Jeannette, Brian, and Maureen that she was alright, and how life was in New York. Pretty soon, after Jeannette’s junior year, she went to New York and stayed with Lori. As she got used to New York, she attended a public school where they allow you to do internships. She gets an internship as a journalist at The Phoenix, a newspaper publishing company. She then gets a full-time job with the company until her boss encourages her to go to college. Following Lori and Jeannette’s footsteps, Brian moves to New York immediately after his junior year and stays with Lori. Brian finishes school and gets an apartment. Finally, they send 12 year-old Maureen to New York, and like everyone else, stays with Lori. Since Maureen was only 12, she finished school using Brian’s

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