Paul Ryan once said, “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” Individuals must strive upon excellence based on the society they are placed in. Watching how others react can help one become the best they can be. Throughout The Glass Castle, Jeannette is exposed to society by her parents. Her parents, Rex and Rose Mary, see society in different means than how others perceive it.
In the memoir, The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls, Jeanette and her family reference the building of the glass castle. In my opinion, the glass castle is a metaphor of hope for the Walls family that they will always be together when they plan their dream house. Even though Jeanette’s dad, Rex, knows he is not going to build the castle, he keeps referencing it to give the kids a reason to keep moving forward and to have something to be excited about in their different lives. One of the first mentions of the glass castle was on page 14 of the memoir. As Jeanette Walls claims, “When Dad wasn't telling us about all the amazing things he had already done, he was telling us about the wondrous things he was going to do.
I believe that forgiveness is the theme of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls the reason being shows a lot in this book such as when the kids have to overcome the struggle of their dad 's drinking problem. Dad’s drinking problem affected the kids and mom a lot because it made them poor so they were not able to afford much food. When the kids were in school they had to dig out of trash cans to have a decent lunch. Another struggle they had to overcome was when their mom made money and dad would steal it to support his drinking habit but yet they still forgave dad. Mom also loses her job because she did not want to do it, she thought teaching was hard so the kids had to deal with their Mom’s dream to be an artist, not a teacher she ditches her teaching job for a low paying job because it made her happy because of this it made it hard for the kids to live a easy life but yet they still forgave mom.
Moving Forward Your parents are still mad at you because of that one time you pooped in the bathtub when you were a toddler. This obviously doesn’t happen because, as they have done countless times, your parents forgive you. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, depicts how by forgiving someone’s faults, one’s relationship with them can overcome the error and move on to flourish into something better. Miller shows the importance of forgiveness and how it removes the chains of resentment and spite through the characters of the play such as: Elizabeth truly forgiving Proctor, Mary-afraid of not being forgiven-lies to the court, and John Proctor forgiving himself for not being a good man. would’ve
When society thinks of the word “childhood,” they imagine it as a precious time for children to be in school and freely play, to grow and learn with the love and support from people dear to their hearts. It is also known to be a cherished period where children are to be innocent and live carefree from fear. However, in the context of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, childhood is viewed as a tough hardship that Jeannette and her siblings have overcame, and the memories they carry has greatly impacted their lives that it has molded them to who they are
Jeanette Walls, from what I read in the Glass Castle, is a great author. This memoir of her childhood allowed me to feel and understand her perspective and situations she had growing up. It begins with Jeanette in a taxi questioning if she had been overdressed for her party. She looks out the window and ducks down when she sees her mother digging through a trash can. This shows the distinctive class differences between the two and foreshadows the book will be about how this split became apparent.
In the beginning of the novel Jeannette Walls and her family were not doing good on cash and food and moved from place to place. Her dad and mom said they keep moving because the FBI is after them. During their moving Jeannette Walls and her other three siblings do not go to school. They are all homeschooled by their mom and learned some things from her dad. During Jeannette Walls childhood, Jeannette and her dad would talk about how they were gonna build a glass castle.
While reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the relationship between Rex and Rose Mary walls and their children became to be very intriguing. Specifically how they raised their kids without holding anything back, an idea reinforced by a famous Walt Disney quote This quote describes how “trying to shield” children ) from reality” wouldn’t “do them any favor.” This idea was enforced by multiple occasions from the book which include letting Jeannette cook by herself at the age of 3, even after getting serious burns from cooking, letting the kids do whatever they wanted as long as they “Used common sense”, and the incident where Rex let Jeannette go upstairs with a stranger because he knew she could defend herself. The first incident revolves around how Jeannette was allowed to cook, even after having serious burns from from cooking. ”She had to get right back on the saddle.”
The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. It describes a non-wealthy family that has to move from place to place and has challenges along the way where Jeannette, her brother Brian, and sister Lori are forced to make choices as adults. The Walls children had to be the parents of the house most of the time because Rose Mary and Rex were either never home or just raised there children to be independent and have them do everything on there own. Some choices they had to make as adults were mostly about what they were going to get for food, how to spend their money, and when they lived on their own in New York City. In many ways the Walls children were forced to behave like adults in these cases.