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Glass Castle

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Lauren McNeil

on 27 October 2016

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Transcript of Glass Castle

Intro & Purpose
Jeannette Walls wrote
The Glass Castle
(2005)
Purpose - Who you become is affected by your childhood
To tell her story

Rhetorical Devices: Perspective, Symbolism, Euphemism, Closure, Repetition, & Imagery
Euphemism
The "Adventures"
"You
are
brave and ready for adventure, right?" (pg 17)
We were sitting on the ribbed wooden floor, on frayed, stained blankets... feeling for one another with our hands. "Here goes the adventure!" I whispered. (pg 49)
Closure
"Hey... Have I ever let you down?" He started chuckling because he knew there was only one way I could ever answer that question. I just smiled. And then I closed the door. (pg 279)
Things settled between Jeannette and Rex

"I've got it." She help up her glass. "Life with your father was never boring." (pg 288)
Catharsis
Repetition
Fire often comes up throughout the book
I was on fire. (pg 9)
I started stealing matches from Dad. (pg 15)
I smelled smoke and saw flames leaping at the open window. (pg 33)


Perspective
"Don't I always take care of you?" "Course you do," I said. (pg 17)
vs.
"Are you saying I can't take care of my own family?" "Ask them," Mom snapped... Dad turned to me. I studied the scuff marks on the floor. (pg 70)
Symbolism
"He intended to follow the blueprints for the Glass Castle..." (pg 152)
Symbolizes Rex's broken promises

"Well, kids, welcome to Ninety-three Little Hobart Street!" Mom said. (pg 150)
Represents the Walls' life
Glass Castle
Lauren McNeil
Imagery
Walls often uses imagery to show a setting or set a tone and mood.
A blustery March wind whipped the steam coming out of the manholes, and people hurried along the sidewalks with their collars turned up. ( pg 3)
Mom stood fifteen feet away. She had tied rags around her shoulders to keep out the spring chill and was picking through the trash while her dog, a black-and-white terrier mix, played at her feet. (pg 3)
Patterns
Fire
Repetition
pg 9, pg 15, pg 61
Rose Mary
Solemn tone
Mom started crying. "I can't help it," she sobbed. "I'm a sugar addict, just like your father is an alcoholic." (pg 174)
Conclusion
From all the struggle and heartbreak throughout her life Jeannette Walls grew up to be an amazing woman with many accomplishments. With the use of the rhetorical devices within
The Glass Castle,
Walls illustrates how one becomes who they are from their experiences.
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