The Choice Of Life In The Glass Castle, By Jeannette Walls

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The memoir, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls brings the reader back in time to when she was very young and recalls her life experiences that deal with poverty, dysfunctional parents, and the choice between family first or herself. The Glass Castle reveals that Wall lived a large portion of her life on the run due to her adventurous, yet troublesome parents. Overtime, Walls discovers that life has more to offer if she gives herself a chance to experience the real world. Because of her parents’ influence, Walls grew up assuming that her parents’ views on society and the way life should go was inspiring, but now that she is grown and she makes choices for her own good. The memoir gives off a deep, meaningful feel to the reader. The overall …show more content…
To begin, the diction throughout the book creates the optimistic tone that underlines how Walls views her life and future. Specifically, when Walls moves to New York City, she looks at herself in a mirror and thinks about her father's words. Walls questions herself relating to her physical appearance but remembers that it is what is in the inside, not the outside that matters the most just as her dad said. Walls choice of words impacts the tone because the reader can interpret that Walls is very anxious but her positivity sets an example of how the overall tone is optimistic and reflects Walls’ purpose in life which is to be herself and not fear others’ opinions. Also, another example of diction is when Walls was very young and recalls, “We were always doing the skedaddle, usually in the middle of night”(Walls 19). Her choice of …show more content…
Walls had the idea that in order to move on and live a satisfying lifestyle, she puts herself first and creates high expectations for success. Through all the heartbreaks, disappointments, and outrage towards her self-centered parents, Walls leaves the past behind her and looks forward to the what the future holds for her and her family. All in all, the tone is optimistic and inspiring because Walls refuses to give up on her parents and herself because she wants everyone to live in peace for the rest of their

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