Analysis Of Love-Hate Relationship Between Father And Daughter In The Glass Castle

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Love–Hate Relationship Between Father and Daughter
The finger of blame indicates Rex, as the parent, did not succeed in his duty of raising his children. It only takes a small aspect of kindness for the children to feel loved again, but once he creates a constant situation involving money and alcohol the children change their minds on their view of their father. In the memoir, The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls narrates her favorite childhood memories with her father Rex Walls; regardless of his irresponsibility, Jeannette’s father fails to protect his children, does not take responsibility for his children, and steals from his children, but Jeannette continues to love him for two reasons: he is a source of inspiration and he makes her feel
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The family continues to do the "skedaddle, "We moved around like nomads… we lived in dusty little mining towns in Nevada, Arizona, and California. They were usually nothing but a tiny cluster of sad, sunken shacks, a gas station, a dry-goods store, and a bar or two” (19). They persistently move around once the "mafia" was after them, as Rex deceived his children. Rex is an independent thinker, to the point that he is paranoid of the U.S. government and sees conspiracies in almost any organized system. Moving around becomes consistent and unorganized, creating a disruptive environment for the children to grow up in, a fact Jeannette 's father blantaly ignores. At age ten, living on North Third Street, Jeannette experiences someone touching her private parts as she laid asleep, “... I was awakened by someone running his hands over my private parts…‘I just want to play a game with you,’ a man’s voice said” (103). This reveals how irresponsible Rex is for not securing the house, “... Dad always left the front door and the back door and all windows open,” he leaves the children unprotected (102). Rex neglects to shield Jeannette in this circumstance, and no child at age ten should experience a stranger at night touching them inappropriately, in this case the finger of blame points to Rex for not securing the house before heading to bed. When Jeannette learns how to swim, despite the …show more content…
Rex always comes up short due to his alcoholism, which drives him deeper into despair and further drinking. Jeanette 's father does not take full liability for his children, rather he leaves the issues at home as he becomes heavily drunk at the bar. Rex has a noteworthy drinking issue, that makes issues for the family. As he is in this stage, he can not acquire duty regarding his family, “There was what Mom called Dad’s ‘beer phase.’ We could all handle that… But when Dad pulled out a bottle of what Mom called ‘the hard stuff…’ Dad turned into an angry-eyed stranger who threw around furniture and threatened to beat up Mom or anyone else who got in his way” (23). The quote indicates how Rex drinks, he can drink in a sophisticated manner, but he can also drink in a heavily manner; he creates a monster of a husband and dad. When sober, he would teach his children physics, Morse code, and other skills. All of this changes when he gets drunk. After drinking, he becomes a mad person who throws around chairs and threatens his wife and other people who come across him. On Jeanette 's birthday, Rex asks her what she might want as a present, her answer is for him to quit drinking, “You must be awfully ashamed of your old man,” Rex said (116). Jeannette is not ashamed of him, she has hope in her father to sober up and still be an inspiring person to look up to. He

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