By Bronson Bachmann
“One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. 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.” ( 38). The Joshua tree shows Jeannette’s struggle made her who she is today. The hardships and the fact she was poor and that they moved all the time, they never had any money, they hardly had food. The Joshua tree lives for decades in the desert without rain. The walls had to live in Welch without coal and food and all sorts of other things. The Joshua tree represents Jeannette’s hardiness
"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. It would have a glass ceiling and thick walls and even a glass staricase. The Glass Castle would have solar cells on the top that would catch the sun's rays and convert them into electricity for heating and cooling and running all the appliances. It would even have its own water-purification system....He carried around the bluprints for the Glass Castle wherever we went, and sometimes he'd pull them out and let us work on the design for our rooms" (Walls 25). The glass castle represents Jeannette’s hopes. It’s the perfect utopia for her family, a place to live, a place to be happy and free and not worry about everything. The glass castle is a place that they can live off the land and not have to worry about money and finances and all the manmade hassles. It’s a place where she and her family can live happily. More importantly she can live happily with her dad.
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