Among the many themes represented in the novel The Glass Castle, the most prominent is family hardship. Family hardship is when a family is going through severe suffering or privation. The Walls family represent the theme of family hardship because their parents weren’t caring enough for their children. This theme can be seen in the memoir written by Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle, the movie Running with Scissors and in the book No and Me. Family hardship makes a family stronger and closer to each other.
He puts effort into teaching Doodle to walk and swim, but even then he is cruel to his brother. He is not helping Doodle out of compassion but because it is more convenient in the long run. However he can not abandoned Doodle quick enough when Doodle fails his expectations. Ambition can be valuable but ambition is most valuable in the face of adversity. If the narrator had handled his disappointment in Doodle with poise his brother would not be dead.
The novel Ordinary People, by Judith Guest is a touching and admirable story told from two similar however slightly different characters. The story is so touching due to all the emotions and everyday struggles on one seemingly ordinary family. The Jarret family, Conrad, Calvin and Beth, face anxiety, deep depression and growth as a unit throughout the book while different events in each character’s life that affects them differently. By telling the story from two different perspectives, a reader may conclude that Calvin and Beth both withhold many similarities, although they come off as completely opposite characters. Calvin can not help but feel guilt for the death of their oldest son’s death while Beth copes differently and shows no emotion.
Even when his family goes against King Arthur, he stays loyal to Arthur supporting him and apologizing for his family. “Gawaine, lumbering to one knew more slowly, joined him on the floor. “Sir, I came ben hoping to control my brothers, but they willna listen. I dinna wish to hear what they may say.” (Pg. 555) This shows that Gawaine does not agree with his family and wants to protect Arthur by trying to dissuade Mordred from speaking.
Mary Shelley, with no doubt, lived a hard life filled with sorrow and despair. Her mother died during childbirth. She had a stepmother that she never got along with (“Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley”). Her adult life decisions led to the alienation of her father and her own home town. These actions contributed to one of her greatest Gothic Literature novels, Frankenstein (“Mary Shelley”).
“You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.”-Ezra Taft Benson. This quote by Benson relates to the novel Tangerine by Edward Bloor. The characters in the novel don’t make good life choices and in the end, they pay for the mistake. Paul Fisher’s parents make bad decisions with treating their two sons. In the story, their choices affect Paul by causing him to have low self esteem, fearing his brother and feeling isolated.
The innocent actions some take later in life will reward some, and deteriorate others. Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger delays his evitable process of growing up partly because of the tragic events that transpired earlier in his life and his ignorance to reality. However , Chris Mccandless differs from Holden in the fact that he fully understands reality but protests to greed of humans and the material possessions of man and still facing the gruesome consequence of his immaturity. Seymour Glass does not relate to the accepted adult community and further isolates himself from his peers. Although he appears immature, he actually is struggling from PTSD from the war and the picture his has for the violent adult man.
Nwoye and Okonkwo did not share a conventional father-son relationship, rather their relationship was based on superior-inferior dynamics and both of them had feelings of resentment towards each other. Instead of respect and admiration for his father, Nwoye feared Okonkwo and looked for opportunities to avoid facing him. Ikemefuna filled this emotional void that was created by the discontent relationship between Nwoye and Okonkwo. Ikemefuna fulfilled the role of both a father and brother in Nwoye’s life as a role model and as a friend with whom he could share his thoughts. It is with Ikemefuna that Nwoye realizes that he can adopt certain masculine traits which were gentler and could be utilized without being the type of man his father
The issues of new world and old world misunderstandings as well as contrasting values made these relationships challenging to uphold. The relationship involving Henry and his father crumbled due to vigorous values each side possessed. Even though they couldn’t preserve their relationship it created a guideline for how Henry would father Marty. The relationship gave Henry a sense of how a father should act and be the father that he never had. Henry’s relationship to Marty succeeded because of these guidelines.
It doesn’t matter to him that, once alone with it, the ghost could “assume some other horrible form,/which might deprive [his] sovereignty of reason” (1.4, 72-3). Hamlet wants to see his father and so he sees him. This, more than his opinion on his mother or uncle, solidifies Hamlet’s tendency to never adjust his opinion of someone. In some cases, he supports this by claiming to know the truth of a situation, but in many cases he feels this way without any proof. Even prior to the ghost’s appearance, he doesn’t like his mother or uncle.
The memoir, “The Glass Castle”, written by Jeannette Walls, is a novel filled with hardships and obstacles faced by the author and her dysfunctional family. Living with her depressed mother who weeps and sobs about her struggles in her teaching job, her alcoholic gambling father who, on a daily basis, would not arrive home, and her two sisters, Lori and Maureen and brother, Brian. Though their constant moving and chasing from the debt collectors, one person who has affected Walls life would have to be her father, Rex Walls. Although his constant gambling and consistent job loss, he has become a significant figure in Walls life. He has shown her the problems of alcoholism, the struggles, and corruptions of the world, and especially allowed
Wiesel says, “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!..” This shows the conflicts within himself he deeply needed his dad to survive to hold on and keep his identity, but he also thought that he was being restricted due to his father. Before the events occurred Elie would not have thought his father was holding him back he, thought he was pushing him forward. The death of his father relieved the stress of some of these conflicts, but it changed how he dealt with certain things moving forward.