Stereotypes/ The Glass Castle
Stereotype plays a big part in today’s society. In the Memoir “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, others would easily misjudge Jeannette’s family just by their image and the way they lived their life. Although they lived the way they did the walls family had much potential and were very well educated in their own ways. People need to live by the quote “Never judge a book by its cover” because you never know who they are until you meet them.
In todays society people tend to stereotype others in many ways. The media has created a misconception on humanity that has spread among society. News, Internet and other sources of information have created a negative view on certain people in the world. The negative thing has to do with the different ethnic groups, social class, etc. Others don’t realize that stereotyping has negative effects on those experiencing it. “Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.” (Mead). This quote works great with the topic of stereotyping. It explains that you shouldn’t go by what others have made people to look like; you should get to know them because you never really know who they are until you meet them. The misconception of the media and others would be one of the main reasons why the Walls family would be judged.
In the memoir “The Glass Castle”, Jeannette’s family would easily be judged by their appearance and the way they choose to live their life. They grew up very poor and were always moving from place to place. Jeannette and her family would wear handy downs and clothes they found in dumpsters. Seeing the walls family and the way they lived their life I would easily misjudge who they truly were. I would say that they were weird and lacked intelligence, because who would willingly want to live in those circumstances....