That she is closer to Brian than Lori Growing up the family moves from place to place as Rex is unable to find or keep a job due to his alcoholism. Incidentally, they often spend much of their time on the road moving from town to town out. Be that as it may, Rose is an artist by heart and lives for adventure; she often feels tied down by her children and even somewhat resentful towards them. Even so, Rex is always promising grand things, such as his dream of building a Glass Castle for their home. “The Glass Castle would have solar cells on the top, electricity for heating and cooling, and its own water-purification system” (Walls 25).
Most husbands did not like the idea of their wife being in the army with them because it was a “ man’s job”. Women who went with their husbands refused to stay home alone with the children. When women left home with their husband and they sent the children to a sisters house or to her mother house. Another women joined the war alongside her brother. The siblings parents had died when they were younger and they had been together since then.
Lena Younger was a religious mother to her family regardless of the anger that her family has towards one another. Lena faith was soon tested when she gave her son the rest of the insurance money to put towards Beneatha college funds and the rest in his name. Instead of doing exactly what his mother told him Walter put the rest of the insurance money towards his liquor store plan only to receive the news from his friend, that the entire plan was a money scheme and Willy Harris ran off with their money. Heart broken by the hard work her husband put towards his life and her son spent the entire money out of selfishness she still loved her son. Lena was a part of faith which is also symbolized through the plant that she carried for the received little sunlight.
At this point in the book the Walls family moved to Welch because they were out of money, and needed a change of scenery. Another reason was so Rex’s mom could keep him on track after he got really drunk one night and created a mess. Welch was a place of poverty and known for the biggest municipal parking lot, that’s all. Turns out, Rex was barely sobre since they came to Welch. There were a few things that were shown of Erma, Rex’s mom.
On page 155 of Jeanette Walls’ memoir, Glass Castle, Walls describes how after the family settles down in Welch, she and her brother Brian decide to make the best of the situation they are in. Ninety-three Little Hobart Street is a “dinky thing perched high up off the road on a hillside...painted white a long time ago, but...turned a dismal gray” (Walls 150). Jeanette and Brian scavenge a shovel and a pickaxe. Then, the two build the foundation for the the Glass Castle of their dreams behind the dingy home. After a month, their father orders the children to fill the foundation with garbage.
Thomas Schell is absent for Grandma in a literal sense because he leaves his family behind, but he is emotionally absent as well. The relationship between Grandpa and Grandma was purely a form of symbiosis: Thomas Schell needed a replacement for Anna, and Grandma needed Thomas Schell. Even though Grandma mentioned how she was ‘okay’ without Thomas Schell’s love, her letters to Oskar imply her whole life is empty without the love she deserves. In Oskar’s case, there is one more person in absence: his mother. Mom is constantly portrayed as an antagonist for the most part of the novel because Oskar feels betrayed by how Mom can laugh with Ron.
They were expected to remain chaste and get married early on carrying on similar traditions that had been around for hundreds of years in American society. The TV show I Love Lucy showed a stay at home house wife who wanted to break into show business (Thompson and Mittell 245). Lucille Ball’s character got into situations where she would get into trouble each week, which would undercut her argument that women could have stable jobs without causing societal unrest. On the show Leave It to Beaver the appearance of women’s lack of position in society was further advanced by the Beaver’s mother being unable to make financial decisions without her husband around (Mittell 332). While Lucy wanted more freedom and was shut down by her husband, Beaver’s mother was a more ideal version of the female homemaker during the 1950s.
“Have I ever let you down?” he asked Brian and me and then turned and walked away. In a voice so low that Dad didn’t hear him, Brian said, “Yes.” p. 78 Throughout The Glass Castle the Walls family is depicted in horrible situations of starvation, poverty, and desperation. The Walls family is brought to each of these moments by choices that the parents make. And because of that, each and every one of these moments could have been avoided, had Rex and Rose Mary made better choices for themselves and their family, thus improving the state of their entire lives. “So what’s it worth?” I asked.
She had set backs like, moving every time she got a new stepdad, not having money to go to college full time, not living in the best environments, and so much more. None of these things stopped her though. She has worked none stop since she was in eighth grade, to help pay for her own clothes, car, and education. She had plenty of reasons to give up but she would always spring back from them. Douglass didn’t grow up in the best environment either, never fully knew who his dad was, getting separated from his mom – Harriet Bailey – being whipped and beaten, watching many other slaves die or get beaten, and that’s just the start.
Logan and Joe both supported Janie financially but did not fulfill her personal wants and desires. In Janie’s first marriage, her idea of being a wife is much different than Logan’s. Nevertheless, in her second marriage, she was a mere shadow. Janie was constantly being left alone without any of her personal wants being brought to her. Among the three, Tea Cake was fluently described as the best husband.
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. Rex Walls was a brilliant man, when sober, teaching his children physics, geology, and to embrace life as it comes.
As Jeannette matures her connection with her parents, particularly her father begins to diminish. Jeannette didn’t grasp that the way her parents raised them or viewed the world wasn’t normal and as she got older she recognized how selfish her parents were. Jeannette was constantly close with her father, and always showed compassion for him, but when they relocated to Welch it appeared as if her father had changed. Jeannette eventually obtained work and began to save up money so she and her siblings could survive, but her father didn’t approve and eventually sabotaged that plan. Eventually, Rex went to Jeannette and requested money from her, he did promise to pay her back.
Early in life Truett Cathy’s family was beaten financially and emotionally by the Great Depression. His father, an insurance salesman, wasn’t getting a lot of work, so he was going through a tough time. As a result, Cathy looked to his mother for emotional support. It was a rough time for young Cathy but he made do. Since his father wasn’t bringing in a lot of money, his mother also provided financial support for the family.
“This says you got 98 out of 200,” his mom quietly said. You could tell it killed her to tell him. “So I failed, and can’t get into a college?” he said fighting back his tears. He looked up to try to stop the tears from flowing, but it didn’t work. He was a wreck his mom was to saddened to see him like this.