An Analysis Of ' The Glass Castle ' Essay

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The Glass Castle

Although Rex and Rose Mary Walls struggled to provide a stable household for their children, they taught them many important life lessons throughout their constant crazy adventures together. For example, Rex taught Jeanette that material things don’t really matter. He shows this by taking her alone to the desert and giving her a star for christmas. Even though Jeanette knew he was only doing this because he didn’t have any money, she enjoyed this moment alone with her dad. But later in the novel after her father passes away, she looks up to the sky and sees the star she picked out when she was a kid. I’m sure deep down five year old Jeanette would have loved to receive any plastic toy like any of her classmates probably did. But, cheap plastic toys come and go but, Venus, her star, is a constant reminder of that great bonding time she has that night in the desert with her dad. “Those shining stars, he liked to point out, were one of the special treats for people like us that lived in the wilderness. Rich city folks, he’d say, lived in fancy apartments, but their air was so polluted they couldn’t even seen the stars” (Walls 39). Unlike many modern American families, the Walls value don’t value materialistic things. When her dad is gone, she will always have that star to remember her dad by. Although Rex didn’t have any money to spend on his daughter, the star represents their bond that will never fade.

Jeanette learned to be straight forward and to stand…

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