The Glass Castle

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“The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls is an extremely intriguing novel that really kept my attention throughout the whole story. The Walls family is definitely one that is unlike any I’ve ever come across, and the lessons that the children learned were ones that helped shaped their lives and made them who they are today. Jeanette obviously learned so much from her experience that she wrote a whole book about it, managing to hold the reader’s attention through all 281 pages. Jeanette Walls goes through many descriptions of situations that she faced that people normally should not face. For most of her childhood, she was traveling from place to place because her parents always thought that they would hit it big and never finding a steady job. Her father did not believe in conformity among the rest of the flourishing nation and her mom was selfish and thought that wherever they might travel she’d become a famous artist, although her paintings really were not astonishing. The one thing that the Walls did have despite being in poverty was their sense of happiness which I definitely would have never thought they would have, especially after what they had been through.

One thing about this novel that shattered one of my ideas about poverty was the fact that once you are in poverty, you never seem to find a way out, no matter where you travel or what your dreams may be. The Walls’ took their situations and aggravated them even more. For instance, on page 118, it said that “We kids didn’t need to be going to school… He and Mom could instruct us better than any of those shit-for-brains teachers.” Her parents did not care too much about their formal education and thought that it was better to learn just by traveling and going on adventures. Usually, through a lot of hard work and training, many people can work their way out of poverty and make a living for themselves, Jeanette’s parents for certain reasons were not able to do this. Her dad was a raging alcoholic...
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