Emotional Development In The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

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The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls in 2005. The book recounts Jeannettes childhood experiences that lead up to her success in becoming a famous author. The book begins in Jeannettes adulthood after she has dealt with the affects of her destructive upbringing. It is a cold night in March in New York City and Jeannette is sitting in a taxi that is driving her to an upscale party. While she is stuck in traffic she spots her homeless mother searching through the trash in a dumpster. Jeannette then describes her mothers awful appearance in great detail. However, she comments on the facts that even in this condition, her mother still looked like the lovely women she remembered in her childhood. Sadly, Jeannette
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This really have an affect on their development throughout their childhood. Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs explains that there are five integral elements needed for human beings to function sufficiently. However, it is apparent in The Glass Castle that Jeannettes parents did not support her on many of these levels. Even at age three, Jeannette is not given the basic level of Maslow 's Hierarchy: Physiological needs. Physiological needs are related to the required units for a human body to function. This includes food, water, and shelter. Jeannette is forced to obtain her own food as a toddler. She is not given assistance by her parents who should be her caregivers. Jeannette also makes it clear that their “homes” were not adequate shelter. Many locations did not have running water, heat or electricity, making it hard for them to sufficiently be protected from the …show more content…
Although their parents attempt to make it known that they love their children, they continuously damage their children mentally. Forcing their children to move around frequently decreases their children 's chances of forming relationships with peers closer to their age. Jeannette mentions that she is bullied for a period of time and makes little mention of having any close friends throughout her childhood. While there are two more levels on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, I feel as though the Walls children will be unable to reach these higher functioning levels due to their broken childhood (Berger, 2015). I personally enjoyed the Glass Castle and think that it allows the reader to look into a story of a true heartbreaking childhood. While this provides the reader with a lot of information on the negative affects of parental negligence, this story may not be suitable for all viewers. This story is certainly dark compared to other memoirs. Sadly, this story is not fiction and is a true recollection of Jeannette Walls childhood. I personally would not recommend this for future book lists. Only because it may put a negative stigma on any type of “free-thinking” parenting

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