Essay about The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

2139 Words Dec 13th, 2014 9 Pages
Dave Pelzer once said, “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul” (Goodreads). Indeed, most parents and other caregivers do not intentionally hurt children. However, every year, hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are traumatized by neglect, sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse. In the memoir The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls reveals that she cannot lift the burden of her childhood experiences. Throughout The Glass Castle, the author tries to console herself in order to assuage her pain by examining her past and sharing with her readers the damaging legacy abuse and neglect has left in her life. Although The Glass Castle is a fictional memoir that gives readers an opportunity to experience and perceive the lifelong effects of trauma, its fictional representation of these effects are not always true to reality.
Neglect is a form of physical abuse that ironically does not require physical contact with the external body, but rather, it causes internal pain due to the body’s lack of its basic needs. Throughout the novel, there are many instances of neglect; however, the description of Jeannette and Lori’s hunger is a particularly disturbing representation of this. Jeannette and Lori eating a bar of margarine demonstrate that they are suffering from neglect, and that their parents do not meet their basic needs. In chapter 17, Jeannette relates her unsettling encounter. This incident not only exhibits the…

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