Non- Fiction Literary Analysis
“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children of the future.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Adults play a major role as parents: shaping the future of their child’s life. The parents of the children in Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, Richard Rodriguez’s Black Boy, and Sonya Sones’ Stop Pretending have a large impact on their child’s life. Although the parents use very different ways of teaching their children, the children were resilient enough to become strong, successful adults.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls describes parents playing a negative role in the young girl’s life. Walls, an innocent three year old, was completely oblivious to the abuse she was being put though at such a young age. The nurses were well aware of the abuse. They asked questions like “Have your parents ever hurt you?” and “Why do you have all these bruises and cuts?”(Walls 10) When she replied, “my parents never hurt me” the nurses were skeptical of the younger girl’s calmness. (Walls 10) “The doctor said I was lucky to be alive. They took patches of skin from my upper thigh and put them over the most badly burn parts of my stomach, ribs and chest” leads the reader to the conclusion that the burn was very severe. (Walls 10) The daughter was put through many episodes of abuse. On their way to a new home, Wall’s was catapulted from the car. Thinking nothing of it, she “crawled along the railroad embankment to the road and sat down to wait for Mom and Dad to come back.” (Walls 30) Many thoughts ran through her head including the family “not knowing she was missing” or that they decided “that it wasn’t worth the drive back to retrieve” her. (Walls 30) The parents showed up and were able to comfort her and make her believe they care for her by making jokes. Their sweet remarks were able to brain wash her, causing her to be as gullible as ever.
Sonya Sones’ Stop Pretending...
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