The Glass Castle and Lone Ranger Breakdown

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The Glass Castle and Lone Ranger Breakdown

By | October 2013
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Glass Castle and The Lone Ranger Breakdown
Sherman Alexie and Jeanette Walls share equal thoughts in there writings. In Jeanette Walls’ Glass Castle she describes her father, Rex Walls, of having a grave addiction for alcohol. Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Victor’s Father seem to have a relatively similar situation. Jeanette’s father struggles throughout most of their journey searching for a way to live in a better environment and more of a wealthy lifestyle but manages to work, teach his children, and take care of the family when sober. Alcoholism seems to be a huge factor in the family because it tears them apart and keeps them from progressing on living a better life. In Sherman Alexie’s “Smoke Signals” the father is the cause of a fire breaking out in the apartment they live in but manages to save his family and a baby named Thomas. One of the differences between the two authors is that Jeanette Walls lived and dealt with the situation of her father as a young child as for Sherman Alexie wrote his side of the story in a fictional manner. Jeanette’s dad had his moments with alcohol but he was truly a man with a great mind and full of knowledge that he used to teach his own kids mostly Jeanette. She would grasp every lesson her father would give her. From his lessons Jeanette learned science, engineering, mathematics, and history. One day Rex Walls promises her about him building a glass castle. Referring to what he really intended to say was that one day he and his family were going to be wealthy and that he was going to make sure his family had a roof over their heads. The glass castle was a sign of hope but a dream come true for Jeanette. Sadly it only turned out to be an indefinable dream. Victor, who is the main character in Sherman Alexie’s movie “Smoke Signals” deals with his father’s similar situation with alcoholism but not only is he a drunk, he flees from home and leaves Victor and his wife to live...