The Glass Castle

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1.Discuss the metaphor of a glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father. Why is it so important that, just before moving to New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn’t believe he’ll ever build it? ● I can’t be sure about what the glass castle means exactly to Jeannette, but a few ideas come to mind. The glass castle can symbolize a lot of things about their family. One thing it can show is that they aren’t afraid to hide their life, and what goes on in it. Everybody can see the good and the bad, that’s how life is; it has good and bad. Something else is that in order to build a house out of something as fragile as glass; they need to start with a really good foundation, the same way with a family. 2.The first story Walls tells of her childhood is that of her burning herself severely at age three, and her father dramatically takes her from the hospital: “You’re safe now” Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir? ● I think Jeannette started the memoir with the story of her getting badly burned for a couple of reasons. It showed that from a young age she was allowed to experiment with anything and that her parents let her be dependent and I think that made her feel good; even though her parents shouldn’t have let her make hot dogs at the age of three by herself. I think the part about her dad taking her out of the hospital “Rex Walls style” shows a lot about their dad, good and bad. In a way it shows that he wants what is best for his kids even if it isn’t what is technically right. 3.Were you surprised to learn that, as adults, Jeannette and her siblings stayed close to their parents? Why do you think that is? ●When I found out that Jeannette and her siblings were staying close with their parents I was surprised but also equally not surprised. When they were younger they stuck together and even though they had problems they had faith in their parents. Their parents made...
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