Glass Imagery The ability for a writer to construct a piece that is easily relatable to the reader is something that requires time work. Imagery, engulfs the reader and carries him or her into the mind of the writer, enabling the reader to relive or experience that which the writer is trying to convey. Jeannette Walls relies greatly on this, in order to elaborately recreate her memories so that the reader may better understand her feelings toward her past. Her memoir recalls events in her life that shaped her into the woman she is today. As her family “moved around like nomads” which they did, she tells the story of her stubborn Father and unique Mother, her loyal brother and wise sister all intertwined into her own story as her family struggles …show more content…
In order to begin building the story, one must first erect a setting for everything to take place. Jeannette opens up every new memory with in this way with the use of imagery. For instance, “nothing about the town was grand except the big empty sky and, off in the distance, the stony purple Tuscarora Mountain running down the table-flat desert. The main street was wide—with sun bleached cars and pickups parked at an angle to the curb—but only a few blocks long”(51). The elaborate description of the setting allows one to understand how the place may affect the course of the narrative, as well as how each person with in the memoir may respond in relation with the environment. The environment does in fact steer each member of the Walls family to behave differently, since each new environment presents new situations for the Walls to handle. In the desert the Walls ‘’thrived’’ even enjoying “fierce sandstorms” when they hit but in contrast when “winter came hard” the Walls struggled to get through in one piece. The desert presented a carefree environment “….the overwhelming emptiness and severity of all that open land…” (21) to which the Walls family spent time relaxing, playing or spending time alone. However, the cold winters in Welch presented problems “It got so cold in the house that icicles hung from the kitchen ceiling, and water in the sink turned into a block of ice…” (176) to which the family resorted to scrounging for coal for warmth, and fighting to get any beneficial items or materials for each individual’s
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Jeannette Walls is a very influential writer and has written many stories and books, Also including a book called “The Glass Castle.” Jeannette Walls lives in Park Avenue, New York. She has very nice apartment with many expensive and old things in side. Her mom is homeless and walls doesn’t like that and wants and tries to help her. Her mom goes dumpster diving to find things that still have value still left in them.
“Have I ever let you down?”(Walls) is a saying often used by Rex Walls in the book The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. As the author puts it, Rex does often let his family down by dragging them into poverty through his alcoholism. This created many problems for the Walls such as having a lack of food, dangerous people in their town, run down homes and buildings, and sickness. Though the Walls family was faced with many problems they often persevere, becoming closer to each other every time. One of the bigger problems the walls faced was poverty.
Rex and Rose Mary’s persistent laissez-faire attitude towards the children’s basic needs for safety and age-appropriate expectations are evident in stories of Jeanette’s early childhood. When Jeannette was three years old, she badly burned herself when she was making herself hotdogs to eat. Upon being asked by a nurse why she was cooking unsupervised, Jeannette replied “Mom says I’m mature and lets me cook for myself a lot”. (Walls 18). Already, at the ripe age of just three years old, Jeanette knew that if she wanted to eat, she had better grow up quick and become independent and able to care and cook for herself.
Everyone has memories of their childhood, some good and some bad. However, there are some memories that truly last for a lifetime. In the film “The Glass Castle” directed by Cretton, displays the childhood of Jeannette Walls. She didn’t have the easiest time growing up, but she took the cards she was given and made the best out of it.
Jeannette Walls’ Memoir, “The Glass Castle”, tells a story of a dysfunctional family who uses magic, fantasy, and life lessons to get through their hectic lives. Jeannette starts off her book with such a story about seeing her mother ramming through garbage in New York City. Jeannette feels a sense of shame about her Mom’s life and begins to reflect on her childhood and how her parents’ choices affected her. If you ask me I would say it was very dramatic, which grabs your attention knowing someone is telling about their own life intrigued me to keep reading.
In the Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, and the movie King of California both Jeanette, and Miranda make the best out of rough situations. One example when Jeanette sees the good in her dad is when she asks him to stop drinking for her birthday. "Do you think that you could maybe stop drinking"(296)? She sees the good in her dad when he decided to "keep to himself..."(297) in order to hopefully try to help him so that way he does stop drinking. Another instance when Jeanette sees the good in her dad is the stars.
Much of Walls’ memories from the desert focus on “the skedaddle” and how the Walls family, which consisted of Mom, Dad, Lori, Jeannette, Brian, and eventually Maureen, moved to different desert towns. The family would stay in each town as long as Jeannette’s father could hold a job, or until they came into legal trouble and had to “skedaddle.” However, Jeannette’s mother, Rose Mary, had an extremely free spirit, and Jeannette’s father, Rex, was an alcoholic, and between the chaos, the family was doing “the skedaddle” quite
Jana Hensel was thirteen when the Berlin wall fell, and in her memoir, After the Wall, she laments her youth and the sudden disappearance of the German Democratic-Republic that occurred almost overnight, especially in her memories. While Hensel finds nothing wrong with her now Western life, this memoir is dedicated towards people like her, who even now are straddling the line between the East German past and the West German future, and she discusses her loss of identity through her nostalgia, her transitions, and her parents. In the first chapter, Hensel mentions a moment when she was hanging out with her friends. They had gotten a little drunk and euphoric and nostalgic, and her friends, who were from Italy and France and Austria, suddenly
In the memoir, The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, the author, was most influenced by her time in Phoenix, as indicated by how she describes the living situation in her grandma's old house with the money, and the time they had to tie her dad down because he was going delusional. It is evident throughout the story that living in Phoenix had a great impact on Jeannette Walls, She had spent more time there than any other place and she even came back after leaving. The first time was just to visit Grandma Smith, but the second time they came back to stay for awhile in Grandma Smith’s old house. The family’s time in Phoenix is described mainly about the house there and what happened in or around that house.
The Glass Castle Essay Wesley Murray A3 8/28/16 In Jeannette Walls’s book The Glass Castle, there are many examples of what is called human resilience. No better quote describes human resilience better than, “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead.
The Walls family lived a very out of the ordinary life compared to most families. They lived all over the West side of America from Phoenix to San Francisco. Yet, one of the most important areas they lived in was Battle Mountain. Jeannette spent a huge chunck of her childhood here. Battle Mountain was where she started to grow up, experiencing learning to swim to kissing a boy.
The Walls family consists of Rex (father), Rose Mary (Mother), Lori, Brian, Jeannette, and Maureen (Children). Jeanette starts of her memoir in new york where she has made a living for herself, a good home in park avenue a nice husband and yet her parents are living out on the streets of the “Big Apple”. Not that she hasn't tried to help them, she has but her father insists they don't need anything and her mother asks for something silly like “perfume atomizer or membership in a health club”. Jeanette recalls her memories of when she was three, her parents are carefree and don't believe in rules or discipline.
Max Lerner an American Journalist stated “the turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” Throughout The Glass Castle a memoir by Jeannette Walls, Jeannette and her siblings, Lori, Brian and Maureen are faced with an unpleasant upbringing that they are put through by their parents Rex and Rose Mary Walls. Due to the terrible living conditions and bad parenting they had to endure for many years, they had to teach themselves and each other to be strong and survive on the very little food and necessities that they were given. Throughout the memoir, it is seen that Jeannette has a special connection with her father unlike any of the other siblings, but despite Jeannette believing in him Rex struggles to raise her and the kids in the normal life that they deserve due to his battle with mental illness. Bipolar disorder “is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks” (National).
In The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls faces harsh stuff through her childhood because of her parents. In the beginning of the book she finds her mother digging through trash. She feels embarrassed, so she turns around and goes home without saying hello. Jeanette then calls her mother and asks to have dinner with her. She offers her mother help because she feels guilty, but her mother rejects her help.