The Oxford English Dictionary defines the American dream as ¨ the ideal that every citizen of the United States should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.¨ The best example of the American dream is The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls. This is a book written about her traumatic experiences throughout her life and how she has made it through. She has had many struggles she has had to endure throughout her life: poverty, no security, bullies, rape, bad parenting, starvation, etc. Her two main struggles are her parents and poverty which is something that a lot has gone through. In Jeannettes life story, she shows everyone that the American dream is something that …show more content…
Jeannette Walls parents couldn't be more opposite. As a child I do think her father tried his hardest to make her life decent. He tried to bring her and her siblings happiness. But her father was a drinker. There is only so much someone can do to take care of a family when they can't even truly take care of themselves. Her mother didn't have a maternal bone in her body. Her mother thought of herself before anyone else and in some situations she only thought of herself. For example Jeannette and her siblings would often go days without food. Her mother never saw a problem in that. There were times where her mother would hide food just so she could eat while her children were starving or she would rather paint instead of make dinner. Her mother says ¨Why spend an afternoon making a meal that will be gone in an hour, when in the same amount of time, I can do a painting that will last forever.¨ page 56. There can be so many things said about the Walls parents and how they have provided so much trauma to their children's lives, but the American Dream helped them out of that situation. Even though they don't have the best background, constantly moving, poverty, dirty clothing, starvation, and being homeschooled for most of their school lives. Even through all of that they were still provided with opportunities to become something better, make a better life for …show more content…
She struggled through poverty until she reached adulthood. Her father could never keep a job and her mother just didn't feel the need for one. She was constantly moving, never staying too long in one place. In one specific house she lived in they had no heat, electrical wires all in the kitchen, the roof was caved in. They were constantly living in danger because of her parents and their lack of work ethic. Her dads excuse for the constant moving was that he wanted to find gold so he could build them a ¨glass castle.¨ Jeannette says ¨He had a plan. He was going to find gold.¨ page 22. That is what she fully believed as a child. Even though living in terrible conditions sometimes not in a house at all she still managed to push through and reach her American dream. ¨Every U.S citizen would have equal opportunity to achieve success.¨ Jeannette Walls proved this to be true. She moved away from her parents determined to make a better life. At the age of 17 she left for New York. She was provided with opportunities and she worked hard and made something out of herself. She finally made it out of never living in a secure home to living in some of the most expensive homes in New York. With this she showed the American dream can be achieved by anyone including someone in poverty. No matter how bad the situation or how you grow up, Jeannette Walls proved that you can become anything and achieve your own
Jeannette Walls is a little girl at the age of six living in a car traveling a lot because her parents' her dad a scammer and her mother a follower and an artist. In the early mid 70s Jeannette is young traveling through the desert of Arizona and Nevada region. In the desert stays at a 70 degree temperature. Jeannette at six has a small figure, scrawny legs and arms. She has long brown hair.
In the beginning, Jeannette Wall begins her memoir by showing the audience a preview of her future. She is watching her mother Rose Mary search through the dumpster in New York while feeling ashamed of her parents live. After showing the audience of her future, she begins with her earliest childhood memory and works her way up to events that has affected her life. Throughout this section, she also introduces her family and allows the readers to view the way she was raised by her parents Rose Mary and Rex Walls.
When she was moving from house to house she always had to be the bigger person to help her family and her siblings, nothing was easy for her but she learned how to manage finances and how to keep her family afloat. For most of her young years, she had to mentor her siblings and be that strong role model that shaped her siblings into the adults they turned out to be. Jeanette also had to face her past in many ways throughout her life and find ways to move past the painful memories and difficult traumas. She also realized as she got older that her parents were not even close to other children's parents and that with each day that went by her parents were failing her.
The Glass Castle and the American Dream I think Jeannette Walls life is in amazing example of the American Dream. “The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.” (cited https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream). One of the reasons why I think that the Glass Castle is a great example of the American Dream is because Jeannette Walls very poor and things were hard for her and her family like her mom was digging around the trash can and jeannette was very embarrassed
Courtney brown Dr.Anne farmer 05/15/23 The Glass Castle and The American Dream Jeannette Wall's life is an example of the American dream because the book shows it doesn't matter where you come from, you can always reach the top. “The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.” (cited https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream) Jaenete was forced to Become independent and she had to decide if leaving was the right choice Jannete was three years old and had to make her own food, she also had to be moved around all of the time her family never stayed in one place Jannete Walls wrote The Glass Castle to share her trauma and how she got to the top even though she struggled through her life as a child.
The text documents the struggles and challenges that she faced from childhood and how her upbringing correlated to her doing so. In the text, Walls characterizes her father as an arrogant man that struggles to juggle parenthood and alcoholism, frequently neglects and endangers his family, and does so all while instilling his philosophy and beliefs in his
The memoir depicts Jeanette's life, which was faced with constant change. Her parents were not the most suitable parents as they did not seem to put their children first in their life. Jeanette had no choice but to mature fast and help take care of her siblings. As she got older, she learned to put herself first and became successful on her own. In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Jeannette moved around very much due to her poverty and parent’s nomadic life style. Jeannette and her three siblings learned to fend for themselves because their mother and father did not take care of them. Her mother, Rose, did not believe in conforming to society's rules, so Jeannette lived a lonely childhood with few friends. Despite the pain that Jeannette endured from her mother, father, and individuals she met along the way, she managed
Her and her siblings faced extreme poverty and adverse conditions, but her parents liked to pretend that their family life was just an “incredibly fun adventure”. During her childhood the concept of adventure was more than enough to eliminate many of her worries about her uncertain lifestyle. Throughout the memoir, Walls demonstrates the importance of
Throughout her childhood, Jeannette Walls suffers many disturbing events. From being pulled out of the hospital by her dad to being touched inappropriately by a stranger, Walls takes on a lot at a fairly young age. Along with her forager lifestyle, her parents were also negligent and abusive. Because of Walls’ terrible upbringing, it might be anticipated that her future life would be just as terrible. However, it would be absurd to believe that one is the product of their upbringing.
In the memoir, Rex Walls’ internal conflict, Jeannette Walls’ conflict with Rose Mary, and Jeannette’s conflict with society push her to become the person she is today. Therefore, Jeannette Walls’ owes her success to the hardships she had as a child. To begin, Rex Walls’ internal conflict comes from his inability to provide for his family. Being a father, Rex Walls has an obligation to look after his family and to make sure everyone is looked after.
She struggled with how the society and her family shaped who she was. She was exposed to her family first which made her behave the way she did under her family’s house. Jeanette struggled with her family by taking care of the house, beings told bending the rules is okay and the acceptance of her Mom’s and Dad’s homelessness. When Jeannette left her family and went to live in New York, she becomes an individual. She fends for herself and gets her life together.
When Jeannette tells her mother: “I was too ashamed, Mom. I hid.” (page 5) she means this in two different ways. One being because she is ashamed to say her parents are homeless while she is not. Another is because she realizes that she felt this way during her childhood because there was a way they could have prevented it, but they chose not to.
From her Dad, all the way down to her younger sister, the reader was able to visualize the characters as well as their personalities. Walls described all sides of her characters from the funny, exciting, and happy side to the darker side that her characters, but especially her parents had. She wrote honestly about how her dad struggled with being an alcoholic and how her mom struggled with severe mood swings. She described her siblings personalities through how they each handled their parents decline and the hardships they had to
Wall’s main purpose appears to come off as encouraging people to not let their past hold them back from achieving their dreams. It stresses that the past can shape people, yet it does not define them. Jeanette’s parents were selfish and chose to live a hard life rather than a sufficient one for the kids. However, her dream of being a journalist was kept intact, and she worked every angle to get better. She worked at her school’s newspaper The Wave “as the only 7th grader...started out as a proof-reader”