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Glass Castle Dialectical Journal

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“Mom frowned at me. 'You'd be destroying what makes it special' she said, 'It's the Joshua tree's struggle that gives it its beauty'.” -Page 38 | I think that what Rose says symbolizes is that Jeannette is beautiful because even through everything she's gone through with her family, it has just made her a strong person, or the “Joshua Tree” in this case. | “If you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” -Page 66 . | I think that this foreshadows that she will need to find a way to support herself, or fend for herself because she has to find how to “swim” before she “sinks” . | “After dinner the whole family stretched out on the benches and the floor of the depot and read, with the dictionary in the middle of the room so we kids could look up words we didn't know...Occasionally, on those nights when we were all reading together, a train would thunder by, shaking the house and rattling the windows. The noise was thunderous, but after we'd been there a while, we didn't even hear it.” -Pg 56-57 | This is one of the few moments that the family has actually bonded, and nothing went wrong. I think what the “thunderous” noise symbolizes is all the problems, and moves they had to do; It's hard at first and then the family got so used to the home they didn't even feel it (hear it). | “We're not poor.” -Pg 121 | Although only three words, I think this was a powerful line coming from Jeannette. I believe this line shows that after everything, no matter what, she will have pride in her family and won't let anybody put them down. | “Situations like these, I realized, were what turned people into hypocrites” -Pg144 | Jeannette says this after she stands up to her grandmother, her believing that her parents would be ecstatic that she stood up to authority, but ends up being yelled at by her parents. I believe that what she means by this is if the...
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