The two respective lives in which Jeannette Walls and the boy live could not be anymore distinctive, but each has to overcome insurmountable odds and find the humanity within themselves to gain the courage to help out others at the same time. Jeannette and her siblings attempt to move out of their house in Welch, by raising money to move to New York. Jeannette is given a chance to help herself get to New York by a neighbor, who asks if she would travel with them for the summer and they will buy her a ticket back, but Jeannette refuses and instead insists they take her sister: ‘Take Lori instead of me, I said. And at the end of the summer, buy her a bus ticket to New York”’(Walls 230). Jeannette and her sister have been raising up money for …show more content…
The first time that Jeannette ever experiences a true violation from someone is when Billy Deel rapes her: ‘Guess what? Billy shouted. I raped you’”(Walls 87). Jeannette is too young at this time to understand what it means to be raped, but what she does understand is how horrific people can be. Jeannette is sexually assaulted several other time through the book, but she never lets these moments take ahold of her. These are traumatizing events that some people can never recover from, but Jeannette turns these shocking events into a reason to get out of her situation. Throughout the novel, when Jeannette writes about the assaults she never talks about whether or not they were traumatizing for her after, because she is able to take all the pain and turn it into opportunity. By making herself believe that once she is out of her impoverished lifestyle that she will be free from all the pain she has experienced, Jeannette becomes a more capable woman. Just like Jeannette trauma, the boy’s trauma stems from human nature and all its faults. The boy and the man are exploring the house, when they come across the worse that mankind has to offer: “On the mattress lay a man with legs gone to the hip and the stumps of them blackened and burnt”( McCarthy). The boy has already been faced with deadly situations, but this encounter with burned people in the basement of the house influences the boy's thoughts and experiences. They boy knows that the world is unforgiving, but it is here that he truly sees the desperation of the human race. The boy, like Jeannette, is able to keep the horror of what he just saw inside him. If the boy let the trauma of what he just witnessed scare him into a state of dormancy, he would not be able to continue on his journey. Jeannette and the boy both after experiencing life changing traumas, they start to better realize the
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In many of the cities the Walls resided in, Jeanette became a target for numerous physical altercations. In Battle Mountain a boy named Billy became so enraged at her rejection, that he attempted to rape and shoot Jeannette. In Welch, her classmates would often jump her, in need to prey on someone more underprivileged than them. During each
Often in literary works the minor characters’ characteristics or traits highlight the major character’s traits to emphasize and illuminate the meaning of the work. In Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle loyalty in family is strongly emphasized. The parents’, Rex and Rose, selfishness highlights Jeannette’s loyalty to them even when they are not being great parents. Throughout the book, Jeannette is her parents’ backbone and ride or die; she displays unconditional love to them.
Jeannette's memoir begins at three years old. She is cooking hot dogs on the stove, with no parental supervision. Jeannette sets herself on fire and is rushed to the hospital, where she undergoes several skin grafts. To get around paying the hospital, Rex breaks her out of the recovery ward in the quiet of the night, and the family moves
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
This also set a tone to Erikson stage trust vs. mistrust and intimacy versus isolation. Tom has basically learn who he must trust and not to trust. Tom easily understood why he should distrust; even hate the perpetrators of this crime, they broke in and rape them that is an understandable reason why to not to trust them. Tom didn’t get why his mother would denial it in trying to cope it with her own anguish. Denialing it seem to make tom to consider her self-center.
“She said that sexual assault was a crime of perception. “If you don’t think you’re hurt, then you aren’t (Walls 184).” Rosemary makes Jeannette feel like she is insignificant to her and doesn’t make the effort to stick up for her child. At this point, Jeannette must feel worthless to her mother, bringing her self-esteem to a low.
They think they can bend the rules and do what they think is necessary. Jeannette is exposed to these understandings, making her the person she grew up to be. Jeanette demonstrates how she struggles with her family throughout numerous portions of the novel: “The Desert,” “Welch,” New York.” These struggles developed and defined who she came to be.
Jeanette’s childhood was shameful due to her parents careless way of living. Throughout The Glass Castle Jeannette hides her childhood just like she from her mother because she is ashamed of what people might think. Jeannette Walls lived a tough childhood because of her parents. They were always moving around trying to find a place to build a glass castle. They never gave any of their children a set home while they were growing up.
In the memoir, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Jeannette manages to overcome her obstacles by realizing her independence. She is impacted by her parents’ incapabilities because she realizes that she has to do things differently than other children. Her father was a stubborn alcoholic who believed that: “[they] were all getting too soft, too dependent on creature comforts, and that [they] were losing touch with the natural order of the world”(Walls 106). He believes that every human should be independent and fend for themselves. By using the term “creature comforts”, her father is trying to separate himself from what he calls the civilians.
In Jeannette Walls’s memoir The Glass Castle, fire symbolizes the instability that the Walls family constantly deals with. Jeannette questions if fire is out to get her and how she “lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire”. Jeannette has this viewpoint due to Rex’s own contribution of unreliability in the household. The fire in this instance also represents the chaos of Rex’s abhorrent alcohol abuse.
Everyone can dream big in life. Whether it’s to become an astronaut or the next president ,but life isn’t a dream we live in . Being realistic is more valuable than dreaming big. First of all , being real is the safest way to achieve success.
Jeannette Walls also uses the symbol of the Glass Castle, which develops throughout the memoir to show how she slowly loses trust in her father as she realises that she can not depend upon him or anyone else for happiness. The symbolism evolves throughout the memoir as Walls evolves as a person. In the beginning of the memoir, her description of the Glass Castle is naive and hopeful. Her naivety is most apparent when Walls writes, “All of Dad’s engineering skills and mathematical genius were coming together in one special project: a great big house he was going to build for us in the desert… All we had to do was find gold, Dad said, and we were on the verge of that.
Nicholas Sparks once said, “I don’t know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change.” In the memoir, The Glass Castle author Jeannette Walls shows how her father Rex Walls changes with everything thrown at him as a father or four. In the beginning of being a parent Rex shares his intelligence with his children.
After graduating middle school her friend lost touch with her and eventually left her life for good: “By the time she got to Welch High Dinitia changed.” Jeannette was also sexually harassed by one of her friends in Phoenix while playing hide-and-seek: “Billy smushed his face against mine… ‘Guess what?’Billy shouted. ‘I raped you’” Lastly, while going to school in Phoenix Jeannette was bullied for being smart and skinny: “The other students didn’t like me much because I was so tall and pale and skinny and always raised my hand too fast… A few days after I started school, four Mexican girls followed me home and jumped me in an alleyway…”
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.