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The Glass Castle

Jessica Layton's independent reading project

R Watson

on 12 October 2011

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Transcript of The Glass Castle

Rhetorical Triangle! Jeannette Walls Author Ethos The Glass Castle is a memoir of her personal childhood experiences. She
personally lived through and created the lesson learned for her audience. Determination She displays this quality through her persona and through her childhood experiences within the text.
If she wants something she gets is and she works to get it. This quality become prominate
towards the end of the book when she takes charge and also decides to leave her parents. Independence This quality is also displayed throughout the whole book through her persona.
She is always different from her siblings and doesn't base her personality
on what others think of her. Summary Audience The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls is an incredible memoir of her own childhood experiences. She tells her story in chronilogical order starting with a gruesome experience when she was three years old. She was cooking hotdogs for herself when her dress caught fire, sending her to the hospital for multiple weeks until her father basically stole her away from the hospital. They left their home shortly after she returned from the hospital.
Jeannette's family, or her parents, never stayed in one place for long and they were always short on cash due to her father's love of alcohol, and her mother's love of spending money. Sometimes they had it ok when her father held a job, which usually didn't last long and when he did odd jobs or won poker games. She, her three siblings, and her mother and father traveled from place to place, across the desert, living where ever they could, until her grandmother passed away and her mother inherited her house in Phoenix, Arizona. They stayed there for a while; however, due to neglect and lack of responsiblility on her parents' part, they house began to fall apart, and they were living in filth and massive amounts of cochroaches. One day, her parents decided to leave for Welch, West Virgina, where her father's parents lived, to aquire finacial help. This is where the Walls family stayed and where Jeannette went to high school. Soon; however, Jeannette and her siblings began to realize that thier parents were letting themselves go even more, and they began living in complete filth. The house was moldy, the roof had holes in it and poured, the children slept on cardboard beds, and they were always broke and hungry. Lori, Jeannette's older sister was the first to leave for New York, and then Jeannette, then Brian ( her younger brother) and then finally Maureen. They began to live like civilized people again and made a healthy living. Jeannette and Lori went to college, and now Jeannette is married to her present husband John. Jeannette Walls Target Audience is: An audience who grew up in the same situaltion that she did. Teens who are in that exact situation. A more privileged audience. Intention Jeannette's intentions are intertwined with her target audience. She gives the teens
hope and sets an example for them. She convinces her audience that they are not bound to the life of their parents, nor bound to live the life of poverty, but they can better themselves by working hard and staying determined. She also shows her other audience how priviledged they really are, and implies that they should value their lives more than they probably do. Her second intention is to finally tell the true story of her life. As explained in her book, Jeannette lies about her life and keeps it from her peers and friends, and now she wants to tell it to everyone and let them know what really happend. Context Jeannette Walls chooses to share her story now because she has lied about her life for the longest time and kept it from her peers. She decides that it is time that she tell the truth. Why Is This Book Important to Read??? What Does The Reader Learn From It? In my personal oppinion this memoir is very important to read, and is extremely facinating. This book displays the hardships that every person on this earth, who hasn't delt with them first hand, should know. This books sends the reader strait into the life of the underprivledged and gives them that first hand experience they need to understand what it is like. However, the reader also learns a very valuable lesson when reading this book. Learn from the mistakes of others. Through Jeannette the reader learns that her father and mother are making mistakes to make them live the way they do and if they tried, they could be living a better life. Another reason this book is important is that it teaches another life lesson. Work hard to get what you want, and if you work hard, success will come. The reader learns that if one works hard in the right direction, no matter what situation one is in, one can and will succeed. The final reason why this text is important, is that it makes those who are more privledged appreciate what they have more and realize how lucky they really are. Jeannette's argument:
People can make their own choice and act on it to provide a better life for
Her weakest point in backing this argument is when she begins to leans toward the opinion of ; if one has nice things, it makes them happy, no matter what way they get them. Jeannette gets a job to make money for food and bills while her mother is gone away to college to refresh her teaching degree. While working there, she sees a nice watch which she really wants, but doesn't want to pay for it. She makes the conclusion that she deserves the watch and steals it from the case. She believes that the watch will make her happy and will help her fit in when she moves to New York; she thinks for a while that this will help her have a better life. She does begin to feel guilty and quickly returns the watch, a week later, before her boss notices it was gone. She made a choice, acted on it, but did not provide herself with a better life. Stealing does not give one a better life. Her strongest point is the one that she makes when she leaves Welch, West Virginia, to go live with Lori, her older sister, in New York. She worked hard to make enough money to leave and support herself for a little while in New York, and then she left to make a better life for herself there. After being there and going to college, she does indeed succeed in giving her self a better life because she begins to live in luxury of a clean expensive home. She makes her choice, acts on it, and actually provides herself with a better life.
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