Constantly Moving But Never Changing
Traveling as a family should be one of the safest and most worry free times you experience as a child. You bestow all your trust upon your parents without even realizing it and you expect to be in good hands. You expect your family to keep you away from bad situations and keep you out of harm’s way. This is quite typical for most families, but for Jeannette she experiences things much different. In The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, the moving and traveling that her family partakes in on pages 48-50 reveals how irresponsible the parents are when it comes to their children and also how accustomed the children have become to a life full of bad situations.
Throughout their moving and traveling within this passage we realize how truly irresponsible and scatterbrained their parents are. The reason they set forth for Battle Mountain is not because they just randomly decided to, but because Rex Walls decided to put his children in danger and run from the police in a high speed chase. For example, “Dad took off. He said that if the cops stopped us, they’d find out that we had no registration or insurance and that the license plate had been taken off another car, and they’d arrest us all.[...] Dad peeled through Blythe at a hundred miles an hour, ran a red light, cut the wrong way up a one-way street, the other cars honking and pulling over”.(48) No parent in their right mind would ever put their four children though a high speed chase on the highway, especially when one is just a new born baby. What makes this even worse is that their mother did not even try to tell their father to stop, she just let him put the whole family in danger to save himself. As a parent it is your duty to make sure that your children are as safe as possible whenever you are driving them, not risking their lives. When the family got ready to leave for Battle Mountain their mother explained to them how they were going to be riding in the...
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