Jeannette is then admitted into the hospital where her dad comes and picks her up a few days later, and he takes her without paying the hospital bill. The Wall’s family the moves to Phoenix. At first everything is looking up for them. Mom 's has a pretty big house for the kids, and they are now eligible to be placed in school.
From setting herself on fire to gunning down a pervert, she had showed her own independence and used her wisdom to solve each conflict she had ever encountered. At a young age of three, Jeannette Walls had set herself on fire while cooking hot dogs. Unknowing to her, while she bent down to offer the treat to her dog, her favorite pink dress caught on fire. This resulted in her having to get skin grafts and a newly developed fascination towards open flames. She’d watch her neighbor burn trash and immediately run over to stare at the red heat.
In this world, there’s learning things the hard way and the easy way; in Jeannette Wall’s world, there’s only learning things the hard way. The Glass Castle is an adventurous story that reveals the painfully miserable story of Jeannette Walls. A selfish mother, a careless father, and terrible social encounters- these are some of the elements of a harsh reality Rex and Rose Mary Walls failed to shield their children from. Growing up poor was already difficult, but growing up with a selfish parent, specifically an unfeeling mom, made life hell for the Walls children. The family barely had one source of income from Rex Walls, and instead of helping out with the family’s finance issues, Rose Mary spent her days at home painting.
At the start of the novel, Jeannette’s maltreatment helps her stay a step ahead of other children her age. When Jeannette is only three years old, she cooks hot dogs for herself while her mother paints in a different room. As a result, she receives burns across her body once catching on fire, resulting in her hospitalization. At the hospital, Jeannette explains to the doctors and nurses, “‘Mom says I’m mature for my age … and she lets me cook for myself a lot’” (Walls, 11).
Because of some statistics about women 's work, Hekker views her work as unique work which needs special care. However, the author mentions that people view her as an outsider, shamed, and out-of-date person because of her occupation. Hekker adds that other newer statistics put her hope down as the number of housewife mother is decreasing. Thus, the author clarifies that she must be treated as an important and unique creature because she is going to be one of the few housewives. Hekker concludes by mentioning that being a housewife is a heroic job if and only if the works that a housewife does is for children, husband, and house of someone else.
In her memoir, The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls describes her unique childhood through motifs, complex symbolism, and progressive tones in order to demonstrate how one’s past positively influences their future. Throughout her writing, Jeannette implements the rhetorical device of a motif in order to demonstrate to her audience how the recurring themes affected her future. Beginning when Jeannette was only three years old and continuing into her time as an adult, the Walls family used the phrase, “doing the skedaddle” (10) to represent their need to move. Seeing as most children and families do not move as frequently as the Walls did, “doing the skedaddle” was their way of turning a normally tragic thing into something lighthearted, if not almost humorous.
These two sisters have grown together all through their life’s, creating a strong bound, and the fact that her family and a “old guy” is taking away her sister is something she can’t stand. In the end Nea believes that she is saving Sourdi from Mr.Chhay and her mother. However what Nea does not understand in all her youth and idealism , is that sourdi does not want to be saved: She willfully accepts her fate and her marriage to Mr.Chhay because she finds financial stability and a secure future.
The first thing the walls children did as adults was provide themselves with food. When Jeannette was just three years old she already knew how to use the stove to cook herself food. She made herself a hot dog on the stove at age three and she ended up burning herself. (9) When she burnt herself her parents had to bring her to the hospital and Jeannette
Billie Jo’s own hands are scorched as she frantically tries to smother flames ablaze her mother’s skin. Following the accident, “while Ma moaned and begged for water, [Billie
“For a moment, Mariam heard Nana 's voice in her head, mocking, dousing the deep-seated glow of her hopes” (20). Mariam often thinks of her mother’s opinions in moments of self-doubt such as this one, as she knocks on her father’s doorstep. Mariam’s sense of self is largely defined by one of her mother’s words, in particular, harami. As she grows, Mariam encounters the obstacles being a harami, or bastard, means in her life. “She imagined they all knew that she 'd been born a harami, a source of shame to her father and his family” (39).
Bumpy road….not smooth, born small, smelling smoke, didn’t have any idea, bad things, don’t know what to do, sobbing, drugs everywhere, drug addiction... this is what Nevelle Denhams brother had to go through! This was in 2010, when her brother was changed over to her family. He was born as a child with stuff on his body because his mother was a drug addictive! So when Nev’s brother was 3 hours old his real matron had taken him from foster care to help him.
One day, at three years old, she was cooking hot dogs in her family’s trailer house in Southern Arizona. Her mother was too busy painting and her father was at work, so it was up to her to feed herself. While cooking, she hadn’t even realized that her dress was on fire. It was only moments after when she felt it on her skin and began screaming. Jeanette’s mother extinguished the fire and asked the neighbors for a ride to the hospital, since her father had taken the car to work.
Janie is characterized as a strong, self-sufficient, and independent. But, she was introduced to the book as all these things, but the author shows how she had developed into someone with these qualities throughout the course of the rest of the book beginning with flashback. At the beginning of the flashback, she was portrayed to be naïve and she had allowed Nanny to set her up with Logan Killicks whom she soon found out that she hadn’t really seemed to love. It was then when she had realized that her ideals had differed from those of her grandmother’s. Her grandmother believed that a huband should be wealthy and able to provide for the wife, but Janie believed there had to be a sense of mutual love between both partners in a relationship.
The fact that she can walk away from all those terrible experiences with love for her parents is incredible. Another thing I loved about this book is how it represents her parents, with all their faults, and their poor mentality, at its worst, without anger, or really any judgment, just with the love. If she had been bitter in her description it would not have been as amazing. This memoir was written with forgiveness making me respect her for not only surviving such a strange childhood to become a successful, but for being able to view her past with