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The Glass Castle- Historical Context/Culture

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Jonathan Colella

on 12 September 2014

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Transcript of The Glass Castle- Historical Context/Culture

The 1950s
The Memoir begins in the 1950s.
Jeanette grows up in a time period where the Las Vegas area was gaining popularity.
There are strong gambling themes, as her father uses his skills to count cards in the casinos.
As Jeanette's family shuffles around the west, they make efficient use of their time in Las Vegas to make money. This concurs with the explosive growth
Las Vegas in the 1950s
The 1960s-70s and Counterculture
As Jeanette grew up, she became exposed to the principles of counterculture in the 70s.
Counterculture and the hippie movement affected her life, as she was surrounded by people that challenged the world around them.
In school, Jeanette was shaped by the cultural aspects of the era
Counterculture in the 70s
Culture at the Time of Publishing
"The Glass Castle" was published in 2005.
A memoir that focused on the last 40 years resonated with middle aged people, because they grew up in the same era.
Although Jeanette's living circumstances were somewhat unique, she comes from a background that people can relate to.
The Idea of the Glass Castle
The notion of the glass castle is an extension of the American Dream.
Although the average american in the 60s-90s was not impoverished, the theme of the American Dream strikes a chord with readers.
The Glass Castle
An Investigation In Culture
Jonathan Colella, Kiernan P2
By Jeanette Walls
Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. New York : Scribner, 2005. Print.
People felt the need to break away from what was normal, as depicted in this image. Note the bright clothing and rural setting, which would be considered abstract at the time.
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