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The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

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Ruby Guardiola

on 27 January 2013

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by Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle - A Memoir The story begins when Jeannette is in a taxi on the way to an event when suddenly she sees her mom digging through the trash can. Jeannette and her mother meet up at a restaurant. While at the restaurant, her mother stuffs condiments and dry noodles into her purse. Her mother's first topic of conversation is Picasso while Jeannette is more concerned for her mother's well-being.
After the conversation, Jeanette begins to reflect on her childhood and how her mother and father's choices affected her. The Present Since fire is a symbol of destruction and chaos, the fire both foreshadows and symbolizes how Jeanette will overcome the future disasters and hardships that follow her wherever she goes. The father lets his alcoholism get the best of him, which causes Jeanette to feel uneasy. On her tenth birthday she asks him to stop drinking. At first, Phoenix offers some stability for the family, for the house the mother inherited from her own mother was big. The children are enrolled in school. Rex stays sober for the next couple of weeks but after another unfortunate event, he begins drinking again. <= cool photoshop skillz The flashback begins when Jeannette is three years old.
She is boiling hot dogs when suddenly her pink dress catches on fire, causing her to be badly burned. After she is taken to the hospital, her father and the doctor get into a fight. After some days they "skedaddle" without paying the hospital bill. sumbdy call 911 shawty burnin on da dancflor diz qurl is on firreeeeeeeee <= Jeannette's mom
Even tho she shoved the noodles into her purse
She probably bathed in them later, we don't know. <= her mom is dumpster diving
i guess her mom wears khakis while d-diving
cuz she a G This part of the story reveals the poor living conditions the children (Lori, Jeannette, and Brian) lives in and how the parents have certain morals to justify their actions. Mom, Dad, Lori, Jeannette, Brian, and, eventually, Maureen, move to different desert towns, settling in for as long as their father can hold a job. However, Dad's paranoia about the state and organized society, coupled with his alcoholism, leads them to move frequently. They settle down in a small mining towns. They live at Battle Mountain, Nevada, for a few months. Mom even takes a break from her art projects to hold down a job as a teacher to extend their stay. Eventually, the family is forced to skedaddle once more to Phoenix where Mom has inherited a house from her mother. is this picture school appropriate idk do i still get an A Living in Welch was very difficult. First, their father's mom is an abusive woman who takes sexual advantage of Brian. Their mother suggests that they should move to Welch, West Virginia, where their father is from. The grandmother's behavior towards the children suggests that the father was possibly abused as a child. As Jeannette enters adolescence she contemplates more and more her parents' choices and rails against them for being irresponsible parents. She and her older sister Lori plot an escape plan from Welch: Lori will move to New York City when she graduates and Jeannette will follow her there. And, despite some setbacks, the girls accomplish this dream. The town is very segregated and does not welcome newcomers The house (or shack) is in very poor condition ooo their place be ratchet Their father's drinking problem gets worst no but srsly i hope i wont get in trouble for these pictures The children often starve as well. I WANT
FOOD gimme
food In New York City, Jeannette is quickly able to find a job and get work as a reporter, which is her goal in life. She and Lori eat well and love having a roof over their head, warm water, and heat. They eventually ask Brian and Maureen to move in with them. The kids enjoy their new lives together; however, Mom and Dad feel abandoned and move to New York City. Neither their mom or dad is able or willing to keep a steady job, and they end up becoming squatters in an abandoned building. While Lori, Jeannette, and Brian are able to secure jobs and build new lives, Maureen is unable to care for herself and, in a bout of insanity, stabs Mom. Maureen ends up in a mental institution. basically Maureen => The family drifts apart. Dad, with a lifetime of chain-smoking and drinking, is dying although he is barely sixty years old. When he dies of a heart attack, Jeannette is forced to examine her own life and realize that while she has pushed away her parents and her past, part of her thrives on the reckless freedom they instilled in her. She divorces her husband, moves, and eventually finds peace with her past and her present. Jeannette Walls As Jeannette matures, her feelings toward her parents change. She resents her dad's drinking and how he constantly lets her and the rest of the family down yet never openly admits it or allows his flaws to be discussed. Jeannette also resents her mom's refusal to hold down a job long enough to provide her kids with a stable food supply. These resentments make her more and more willful and independent. Eventually she scrapes together enough money to build the life she dreams of. The wedding ring The Glass Castle The father promises young Jeannette that he would build a glass castle for Jeannette. The glass castle symbolizes hope for a better future. The irony in the symbol is how glass can be shattered easily. Therefore, their hopes for the future can face the same fate. no wait why would somebody want a glass castle what if it breaks this will be the result ow The ring Jeanette and Brian find is a symbol for hope, which their mother crushes when she refuses to sell it. It could also be interpreted as a symbol for selfishness, The land Another example of their mother's selfishness is how she kept million dollar land that she inherited instead of selling it to benefit the family. <=basically their mom The story shows the effects on poverty not only on an individual but also the family.
It either tears them apart or brings them closer Another major theme the story depicts is the loss of innocence, which is seen in the beginning of the novel after Jeannette gets burned.
Gradually over time her innocence is lost, which also effects her relationship with her father and dependence on her parents. Although the story is a memoir, the author displays a message based on her life: Even if you come from a poor background or have a terrible past, you must focus on the present. You can still make a better future for yourself. that is the most inspirational thing i've ever wrote The end. no wait there's more wait for it wait for it... wait for ittttt CIRCLE-CEPTION ok the end presentation by
Ruby Guardiola
and Jessica Liera
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