Jeannette’s lesson People sometimes prefer to avoid getting taught something they don't like or understand, but in the end, they realize it's useful. In the story The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls experiences lessons she was taught through struggle. Jeannette believes parents end up teaching their kids lessons even though they don't like how they're prepared. Jeannette got caught on fire for making hot dogs. During Rose Mary’s singing, Jeannette wanted hot dogs, so she made hot dogs without her parents caring if something wrong would happen to her. “I felt a blaze of heat on the right side. I turned to see where it was coming from, and my dress was on fire” (Walls 9). Jeannette got caught on fire and ended up having a skin graft. She went to the hospital, and the conditions were terrible. She had scars all over her body from the fire and learned never to touch fire again for what happened to her. “Dad also thought I should face down my enemy, and he showed me how to pass my finger through a candle flame” …show more content…
Jeannette didn’t know how to swim, but that's when her dad came. Rex said that he would teach Jeannette how to swim. Rex and Jeannette went to the Hot Pot, and Rex threw her into the water. She had trouble swimming. “You are going to learn to swim today, He said. Dad was dragging me. I felt terrified and clutched his neck so tightly that his skin turned white” (Walls 65). Jeannette had trouble swimming. She was drowning. Jeannette breathed when she went to the hot part of the water, and water surged into her nose and mouth. Jeannette's lungs were also burning from the Hot Pot. “You're doing it, baby! Dad shouted. You're swimming!” (Walls 66). Jeannette started to swim after her dad kept throwing her back at the Hot Pot. She was thrown into the middle of the Hot Pot and pushed herself to swim. She didn't need her dad's rescue; after that, she learned to swim. Jeannette learned how to swim through many struggles with hard
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Since her parents do not pay heed to her, Jeannette continues to get into situations with fire. When the house lit on fire, it likely had nothing to do with the toilet paper; but Jeannette is still unsafe around flames. The Walls family finally planned Christmas for the first time. The morning of, Rex got drunk and caused a scene at church. When they all came home he decided to light their cheap, dry Douglas fir tree on fire.
One day Jeannette was cooking hotdogs when her clothes got too close to the fir and she burned herself. They rushed her to the hospital. She stayed there for a few nights until Rex came and grabbed her and left the hospital with the bill unpaid. Another incident was when Rex was moving the family to another town yet again, and the car door flew open and Jeannette falls out. Jeannette sits on the side of the road with a bloody broken nose for a while waiting for her family to come back.
Jeannette ended up getting caught on fire and has to get rushed to the hospital, where she was then in there for six weeks. “I was three years old, and we were living in a trailer park in a
In the novel, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the author uses the fire motif to assert that attempts to control the uncontrollable will leave scars. For example, when cooking hot dogs Jeannette “Watched the yellow-white flames make a ragged brown line up the pink fabric on my skirt and climb my stomach”(11). The fire grows bigger and bigger with Jeannette stunned until Rose Mary puts it out showing that Jeannette is not scared of fire but in awe of it leaving her in a state of shock. Although because of this Jeannette will carry scars wherever she goes reminding her of what happened when she tried to control fire. After Jeannette asks herself about her experience with fire she thinks “I didn’t have the answers to those questions, but I did know that I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire”(34).
Jeanette’s parents were very neglectful to her and her siblings; her mother was always too occupied with her painting and her father was an alcoholic. Her earliest memory of her parents neglect was when she was three and caught fire while making hotdogs for herself. While cooking the hotdogs, her dress caught fire and she was severely burned. Jeanette was immediately taken the hospital and was treated for her burns. Jeanette’s brother Brian stopped by the hospital to visit his sister but had bandages covering his head; Brian had fallen and cracked his head open.
He does this by creating a sense of sympathy for the mother’s mental illness and her actions, whilst allowing the audience to understand how her actions have negatively affected the girl. The audience gathers a developed understanding of how the detrimental state of the mother has affected the girl when she describes her as ‘sick, and bitter, and afraid’, from the use of sharp single-word descriptions it is obvious that the girl is fed up and isn’t scared to tell the truth about her mother’s issues. This independence shown by the girl elicits a sympathetic feeling for her mother and her apparent mental illness. At the end of the first page, Winton depicts a scene of havoc with the mother severely burning herself after a smoking accident, the aftermath of her mother’s accident is described by the girl as like a ‘charred side of beef’, whilst this symbolises how the mothers' actions have resulted in her relationship with her daughter being ‘charred’ or burnt, it also describes the sense of olfaction as it is easy for the audience to understand how charred beef smells, emphasizing a burnt, fierce aroma which connotates a feeling of shame and wastefulness. Throughout the novel, it is implied that the mother is incapable and a waste of space, Winton provides sympathetic perspectives for the mother whilst solidifying that her alcohol addiction has led her to this
Jeanette's parents brought her up by never being scared of what fears you. When Jeanette was three, her first fire incident occurred, where she was cooking herself, and the flames caught on her clothing, burning her body into a crisp. Jeanette was taken to the hospital, and the nurses said she was lucky to be alive, as they “took patches of skin from my upper thigh and put them over the most badly burned parts of my stomach, ribs and chest.” ( Walls, 10). After this incident happened and Jeanette was back home to recover, she got right back to cooking her hotdogs herself.
“If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim” (41). Although Rex Walls was not always an admirable father and role model, he did make an essential point while teaching his daughter, Jeannette, how to swim. In life, not everything comes without resistance. As Jeannette Walls describes throughout her life story, sometimes people are forced to face hardships that make them question their whole life. 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.
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.
While Jeannette was a junior in high school she became aware of the fact she had to get out of Welch and away from her parents. “ All through the long walk, the pain had kept me thinking, and by the time i reached the tree trunk, i had made two decisions. The first was that id had my first and last whipping. No one was ever going to do that to me again. The second was that, like Lori, I was going to get out of welch.