Essays About The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Essay

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Children these days have a variety of needs, often being surrounded by the ideas of freedom and security. While some people seek complete freedom from society’s rules, others seek the comforts of security that a normal life provides. Children’s preferences on freedom and security are reflected from their Mom and Dad’s parenting style. In The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, the characters Brian, Lori, and Jeannette show that while growing they would rather have security over freedom because they repeatedly find themselves in a state of danger due to their parent’s lack of security. For example, if Jeannette’s parents were accountable while Jeanette was in proximity to fire she would not have been traumatized and severely burnt. Another…show more content…

Children these days have a variety of needs, often being surrounded by the ideas of freedom and security. While some people seek complete freedom from society’s rules, others seek the comforts of security that a normal life provides. Children’s preferences on freedom and security are reflected from their Mom and Dad’s parenting style. In The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, the characters Brian, Lori, and Jeannette show that while growing they would rather have security over freedom because they repeatedly find themselves in a state of danger due to their parent’s lack of security. For example, if Jeannette’s parents were accountable while Jeanette was in proximity to fire she would not have been traumatized and severely burnt. Another reason the children want security is Rex is an excessive alcoholic who is very dangerous to be around while he is under the influence of hard liquor, they would rather a father that responsibly handled alcohol. Rex’s surplus of expenses on booze led the family into poverty because instead of using the family’s rare profit to pay off bills Rex uses it to buy alcohol and items that were not a necessity to their survival. Therefore, their parents struggled to give even the simplest things for them such as food and clothes.

The children of the Wall’s family met many dilemmas with fire that could have been easily prevented if they had the security of their parents. The author begins the story with a flashback to when Jeannette was a three year

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“I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.” The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a memoir about a young girl and her dysfunctional life. Jeannette and her family live a very tough life, constantly leaving to go somewhere new. However, along the way, Jeannette decides she wants to escape her family and move to New York. Throughout her life, she and her sister work on moving to New York to better their lives. The Glass Castle will become a classic because it includes hard times of life, contains lessons from parents, and allows the reader to be inspired by Jeannette's escape plan.
“We were always doing the skedaddle, usually in the middle of the night.”…show more content…

“Mom told us to savor it because we had no money for dinner the next night.” (Walls 197) The Walls family would go days without eating. Towards the end of the book, Jeannette’s father comes down with Tuberculosis. After a few months he recovers. However, a few months after, Rex gets in a fight and comes down with a rare Nigerian disease. Two weeks later, he has a heart attack and dies.
Jeannette learns innumerable lessons from her parents. The first lesson that Jeanette can recall is when her father talks to her about monsters. “That was the thing to remember about all monsters...They love to frighten people, but the minute you stare them down, they turn tail and run.” (Walls 37) Rex Walls is a drunk and a gambler. He is constantly teaching Jeannette how to gamble. “Never play the slots..They’re for suckers who rely on luck.” (Walls 55) Later on, Rex teaches Jeanette how to swim, which also turns into a life lesson. “...You can’t cling to the side your whole life...If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” Rex is known for his crazy adventures, and one day he takes Jeannette to a zoo to pet a cheetah. Jeannette is scared, but her father teaches her “that no animal, no matter how big or wild, is dangerous as long as you know what you’re doing.” (Walls 106) So then Jeannette goes on to pet the cheetah, and the cheetah licks her hand. One day Jeannettes older sister, Lori is making a fire and is badly burned. Her parents refuse to take Lori

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