Glass Castle by Jenette Walls

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Wall’s Parents Philosophy on Life

The Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls reveals one look into a dysfunctional family. This personal memoir is full of lessons of redemption and reliance for all. Jeannette and her siblings thrived with parents whose beliefs and stubborn ways of life, changed their children’s’ lives forever. Though their parent’s dreadful actions, the children tried to fend for them. Rex, a very brilliant man, when sober and Rose Mary, an inspirational artist, when not a panhandler risked their own lives daily. Even though Rex and Rose Mary’s lives were unstable at times, they would instill lessons into their children. Their philophies in life I believe relied on one another, which taught their children some valuable morals. Wall’s parents’ philosophies on life was to encourage self-sufficiency, self-reliance, to dream big, live life to its extent and to embrace life fearlessly. Even though the parents believed in these standards, they never truly lived by the above.

Rex and Rose Mary Walls always tried to encourage self-sufficiency in their children. Even though the book portrays her parents as greedy, evil people, they taught Jeannette how to live her life for the better. All the family members were determined on being happy in life. Even though Rex always came home drunk and abused his children, he later on gets his life back on track, when his children are living on their own. Rose Mary panhandles for money along the streets with many other citizens from the community. She searches through garbage cans when unstable, just to see if she can scrounge any items that might be convenient. Sometimes the family lives out on the streets, being asked if they need any help by total strangers, but Jeanette’s parents refuse. Through these actions, evidence can be seen that children who are struggling with poverty can try to accomplish self-sufficiency and live a better life in the future. Even though their parents might never succeed in life, later on they realize how their actions shaped their children’s bright future.

Jeanette’s parents also instill in their children the idea of self-reliance. The horrible childhood Jeanette lived made her a much stronger human being in the end. Rose Mary transpired one event of abusive actions, which lead the result of her actions to tumble upon her children. This event is known as, the chocolate incident, where Rose Mary hid candy. She was so ignorant of not sharing any with her starving children. The consequence of her actions, forced her children to scrounge the house for food. In the very beginning of the memoir, Jeannette is so hungry that she hopes that her mother realizes that she hasn’t had anything to eat for hours. Her mom ignores her child, which Jeannette then takes it upon her own shoulders to cook herself a hotdog. When her mom sees that Jeanette is preforming the task, she is so delighted of her daughter’s actions. Even though Jeannette’s father comes home drunk some evenings he shows through one strenuous lesson about self-reliance. One late evening, he wakes his children up to tell them they are leaving their home. While packing they are only allowed to bring the needed essentials. The most important items to Rex, was an iron skillet, a Dutch oven, plates, knives and his pistol. Rose Mary immediately starts to dig in the back yard, for some money that she hid awhile back. One of the items that was most important to Jeannette was her black mutt, Juju. After a few days of traveling, Jeannette’s father abandons the dog. Jeannette is in total disbelief and her emotions begin to be on the brink. She soon learns how to have confidence in herself, while not relying on others in times of sorrow. Jeannette’s parents teach their children to dream big. Jeannette’s mom who has a desire to be an artist and writer tries her best to do so. In times when she is not an addict, she was focused on achieving her dream, but never embraces being a parent. Rose...
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