Wells also employs dialogue in the scene. When building the foundation, Jeanette mentions her father’s words, “”No point in building a good house unless you put down the right foundation” (Walls 155). This use of dialogue shows how Jeanette admires her father, as she acts upon words he said. The dialogue also conveys a hopeful message. It shows Jeanette believes she and her father share the same dream.
It’s like, always wanting more than you have and you have to do something big about it to make the littlest thing happen. Esperanza and her family, Alicia, and Sally feel the similar way throughout the book. Esperanza and her family have been hoping for a long time to get this house that would be extensive to fit her whole family. Alicia is hopeful to become prosperous in her life. Then unlike the other two situations, Sally is hopeful to get away from her abusive home.
However, as seen in her book, it is important to learn to take those hardships and use them to shape one’s future for the better. 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.
Also, Atticus decides to defend a Negro which taught them about the division in their community and to follow what they believe is right. These lessons allow the children to fathom about the concepts of morals throughout the book. Comparatively, Alicia from The House on Mango Street is considered one of the most influential people in Esperanza’s life. Most of Esperanza’s friends such Sally and Marin, want to marry someone to have a better living for the rest of their lives. The presence of Alicia, a smart and hardworking first year university student who wants to attain a better life with her own hands without relying on anyone else, really inspires Esperanza to be an independent woman.
Walls experienced a far-from-normal childhood with far-from-normal parents. In her memoir The Glass Castle, Walls reminisces on her youth and her dysfunctional family. Though very a very unique experience, Jeannette Walls’ childhood may be able to relate to the live that some students are living today. The Glass Castle should be offered as a summer reading because it brings very real issues to life. By discussing issues such as poverty, parental neglect, and sexual abuse, Jeannette Walls exposes students to important
The movie stars Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts as Rex and Rose Mary, Ella Anderson as young Jeanette, and Brie Larson as adult Jeannette. The Glass Castle draws the reader in from the very first page. The hardships the Walls siblings endure and their success in overcoming them makes for a gripping and compelling tale. The movie, while at times
“I [Annie Sullivan] know the education of this child [Helen Keller] will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it”. Annie Sullivan was at first looked down upon by Helen Keller’s family. Annie was hired as a governess to teach Helen how to communicate and to watch over Helen. Helen’s family would tell Annie that there was no hope in teaching Helen—a blind and deaf child—to properly behave and communicate. Although Annie faced many obstacles while attempting to teach Helen the meaning of language, she was able to triumph over Keller’s handicaps.
This novel was a beneficial reading experience. The Glass Castle is the life story of a girl, Jeannette Walls, and her siblings who grew up in poverty unnecessarily because of their parents’ irresponsibility. One of its themes is that strength and perseverance can significantly improve your chance at success and your future. The Walls children did not allow their childhood struggles prevent them from creating better and brighter futures for themselves. They all grew up impressively sane considering their living conditions.
The novels The Glass Castle, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Fun Home, the protagonist or main character looks back into their childhood and reflects on their transformation. Jeanette Walls in The Glass Castle grew up in an abnormal, unstable environment that she didn’t realize was odd until she was exposed more to the real world. What I love the most is that she told “her truth”. Not only did she do what’s best for her, but Jeannette came to an understanding of where her parents wanted to be. What makes me intrigued about these particular texts is that “coming of age” can have many different aspects and
Without determination, Annie would not have been able to achieve this miracle. Accomplishing teaching with success is troublesome without the determination to do so. In Act I of the play, Kate Keller, Helen’s mother, showed determination towards helping Helen. Helen struggled a great deal since the beginning of her life, and all Kate wanted was to help her daughter lead an average life like any other child; to do this, Kate needed determination. Kate’s motherly and concerned attributes gave her the ability and strength to support her daughter.