Book Summary: The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

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The protagonist, narrator, and author of the memoir, The Glass Castle is Jeannette Walls. From a young age, she was very optimistic and outgoing. Her personality is shown through her fearless actions and her mindset of that everything will become better. Jeannette was independent and strong from the age of three, as shown when she got a terrible burn from cooking and when she was bullied. However as she grew up, she started to become less ignorant to the state of poverty she and her family were going through. She had become well aware and a quick learner. Once she heard about the city of New York and all the opportunities it had to offer, she immediately created a plan to move there because she disliked living in poor houses in obscure mining towns.
The antagonist and the father of Jeannette Walls was Rex Walls. He is an intelligent man that is skilled in math and science. He spends most of his time trying to create inventions that he promised would find fortune and gold through abandoned mining towns in hopes of getting his family rich. Despite being committed to his work, he was not able to create and profit from any of his inventions. Therefore, he had to take many small jobs that lasted no longer than 6 months. Whenever he would be short on money, he would manipulate his wife or daughter to give him some money in order to earn some …show more content…

Throughout the book, money was the largest issue that affected the family and their living. The external conflict caused the family to always be in debt. Debt caused the family to move around a lot in order to be in search of other opportunities. Without debt, the family would be relived and well nourished with food and a healthy environment all the time. The family would not only become healthier physically but also mentally. Being debt free would cause less fights throughout the family and make them more united with each

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