The Glass Castle Theme Essay

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In The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, it tells about how the Walls family move to different desert towns, settling in for as long as their father, Rex, can hold a job. However, his perspective of the state and society, and his alcoholism led them to move frequently. The children - Lori, Jeannette, Brian, and little Maureen- experiences unusual childhood, where they travel like nomads to find new money source. This lead to the theme, sometimes you can be mature and responsible at a very young age. The theme is developed by how Jeannette learns how to take care of herself and her younger siblings, and the way her parent taught her. When Jeannette was three years old, she was able to cook herself some hot dogs because her mother believed…show more content…
It’s very unusual for a child this age to control the money for the family expense. According to the text, “ Before Mom left, she gave me two hundred dollars… I did the math. It came out to twenty dollars a week, or a little three-fifty a day. I worked up a budget and calculated that we could indeed squeak by if I made extra money babysitting...I brought food and made meals for Brian, Maureen, and me (131).” Jeannette take up the responsibility of taking care the household. She had grown up to think carefully of the way to spend the money, since most children of her age would spend money on their own needs and amusement, not on the thing they really needs and what others needs. As you can see, sometimes you can be mature and responsible at a very young age. In conclusion, the theme for The Glass Castle is sometimes you can be mature and responsible at a very young age. The theme is developed by how Jeannette learns how to take care of herself and her younger siblings, and the way her parent taught her. Jeannette have a very tough childhood where she have to go up quickly,so that she can work to make money. This way she won’t starve and feel the chill of winter, where there’s no heat in the house. She can also break ties with the move and rent new house to find new money sources because her dad can’t hold a job for a long
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