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The Glass Castle
Transcript of The Glass Castle
3 Essential Components In Parenting
All of which Jeanette's parent's failed to provide....
Some people who've read my story think I had a terrible childhood and that I was neglected or even abused, while others feel that my parents, while certainly flawed, also had truly wonderful qualities. And that's the way it should be, because in real life two people can look at the same president and one will see a hero and the other a villain.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, is a memoir about the author’s journey from childhood to adulthood. Reading this bittersweet story of a family which was rather dysfunctional and poverty stricken was truly a heart wrenching and phenomenal experience.
Providing A Safe Environment
REX Neglects his Children for Alcohol
Instead of trying to get money to put food on the table for her family .
" She was keeping it, she explained, to replace the wedding ring her mother had given to her, the one Dad had pawned shortly after they got married.
'But Mom,' I said, 'that ring could get us a lot of food.' "
Generally, when two adults take on
the responsibility of being parents,
they make this decision based on the fact that they are willing to work and provide for them.
*Most parents make it a priority to have a job so they can make money and give their kids a good life.
"I'm a grown woman now," Mom said almost every morning. "Why can't I do what I want to do?"
It was up to Lori, Brian, and me to get her out of bed and see to it that she was dressed and at school at time.
Dad had taken to disappearing for days at a time." page 171.
Alcoholism is seen as a
serious health concern
in today's society. There a numerous centers available for help. Had there been help back then, I am sure the dad would have been able to provide the children all things necessary.
The children really learned to live on their own and grow as individuals. It also made the bond between the siblings stronger. But this is not the ideal way of parenting nowadays. Kids have voices, and they are likely to take action.
uring the time that the Walls family lived in Las Vegas, Jeannette mainly received bad influence as the exotic showgirls in the casino surrounded her. Since her dad was always going to the casino to gamble, that was where she spent most of her days. She even tried to imitate the showgirls and her brother made fun of her telling her she looked like an ostrich. Although her father was able to make a lot of money and take them out to nice places in Las Vegas, it really wasn’t a good place for Jeannette or any of the kids.
There are laws prohibiting children into casinos now. But 30 years ago there were not any laws like this. If you were seen taking a child to a casino in today's society, you would make the headlines for sure. It is clearly very unethical to do so. We want the best for our kids, and visiting Las Vegas is not the best place for that, let alone living there!
Rex Walls spends all available money on cigarettes
and alcohol, even though he knows his children are suffering.
" ' Hon, I need some money,' he said.
'For what?' 'Beer and cigarettes.' 'I've got sort of a tight budget, Dad.'
'I don't need much. Just five dollars.'
That was two days' worth of food. "
In modern day society, parents usaully put their priorities first and luxuries such as addiction come second.
If this occured to do ordinary parents would . . . . .
"Mom, Uncle Stanley is behaving inappropriately," I said.
"Oh, you're probably imagining it," she said.
"He groped me! And he's wanking off!'
Mom cocked her head and looked concerned. "Poor Stanley," she said. He's so lonely."
[...] 'She said that sexual assault was a crime of perception. If you don't think you're hurt, then you aren't." "So many women make such a big deal out of these things, but you're stronger than that". pg:184
In a "normal" family this would be made into a much bigger deal. Sexual assault is not something to just be brushed off and there would be serious consequences for the perpetrator.
Mr. REX and ROSE MARY WALLS
Product of REX & ROSE MARY
I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.”
Rose Mary lets her selfishness and the need of security to come between her families financial stability
Neither parent shows remorse for their actions instead they praise their children's resilience, saying that
what doesn't kill them makes them stronger.
The Walls children are
often placed in situations that comprise with their safety.
Bryan Walls severely injures himself (cracks head open), parents refuse to take him to the hospital to seek medical help
"... Brian's head was wrapped in a dirty white bandage with dried bloodstains. Mom said he had fallen off the back of the couch and cracked his head open on the floor, but she and Dad had decided not to take him to the hospital."
"There was blood everywhere, but one kid in the hospital at a time is enough", said Mom.
In modern society, there are garbage picking programs. If this was the situation in modern day, it would not have been accepted with pleasure. We would want the safest environment provided for us. Having this would attract rodents and unwanted pests that would bring health and unsanitary issues.
* The Walls parents both like to justify their outlandish behavior and inability to provide for their children by using their
addictions and dreams as excuses.
Rex wastes money
on his alcohol addiction, and
Rose Mary splurges
money on her art supplies.
*When Rose Mary does have a job, Rex finds ways to take or “steal” her earned money to spend on his “projects” (alcohol), thus creating an ongoing cycle of conflict over money and monetary household responsibility.
By : Tiffany Ramos
The family begins dumping their trash and waste in the hole that the children dug in the backyard for the Glass Castle because they cannot afford garbage service.
" ..But he never got around to that,either,and as Brian and i watched, the hole for the Glass Castle's foundation slowly filled with garbage." page 155. "