The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls Essay

1259 Words Aug 31st, 2015 6 Pages
Is there ever a time to give up? At what circumstance is giving up a justifiable act? How do you find the strength to persevere? The book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a memoir focusing on her childhood and how grew up with dysfunctional parents. Her mother, Rose Mary, was almost always focused solely on her art career- art was such a huge part of her mother’s life that, at times, the maternal duties were of no concern. Rose Mary justified her withdrawal from her children’s life by saying that she had trust in them- trust that they could grow up without any outside help. Jeannette’s father, Rex Walls, was an alcoholic who spent more money than he had and always had his head in the clouds. The author’s family went through some really tough times, but she didn’t let that define who she became. The idea that Jeannette Walls proves within the book The Glass Castle is that normality is an elusive thing that is different for all people. Normal for one family is eating dinner at a dinner table, normal for another family is keeping doors locked at night. Normal for the Walls family is a conglomeration of inopportune moments, the mindset of every man for himself, and broken promises. Ever since the author was a little girl, moving around was all she’s ever known. “We were always doing the skedaddle, usually in the middle if the night. I sometimes heard Mom and Dad discussing the people who were after us. Dad called them henchmen, bloodsuckers, and the gestapo” (19). Her…

Related Documents