The Glass Castle

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IJ. Calub

Possessing the Power to Prosper from Poverty
The power of a penny’s worth is much more than what people presume it to be valued at. Jeannette Walls, author of – The Glass Castle – narrates a story of her life experiences in which she shares most of those moments with her family. Jeannette lived in poverty most of her childhood yet it did not distinguish the person she grew up to be. She became someone – someone that most people would not have expected of her to become after being raised in such poor households. Even though her parents were barely able to support their family because of their financial problems, Jeannette and her siblings took the initiative to care for each other. Poverty had put these children in conundrums of great complications, but challenged their minds to find the solutions to prosper through them. Jeannette, Lori, Brain, as well as Maureen had grown up in poverty but did not complain about what meals were put on the table to eat, the handed down clothes that were put on their back, or not being enrolled in public education. Being in poverty was a positive experience for Jeannette Walls because it taught her morals, adaptation to the new environments, and also taught her financial responsibilities.

Jeannette was not raised by the most perfect of parents who did not believe in many rules or beliefs of other religions; however, it was because of her parents’ choices she could distinguish what seemed right from wrong. Poverty gives the brightest of ideas to those desperate to have accessories they cannot afford, in other words, people have the idea to shoplift. Jeannette questions these actions her mom believes to be okay. Her mom further explains, “God does not mind you bending the rules a little if you have a good reason. It is sort of like justifiable homicide. This is justifiable pilfering.” (Walls 70). But her ingenious plan fails and was pressured to buy the dress she attempted to hide underneath an obviously large rain...
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