The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls Essay

1073 Words Oct 30th, 2015 null Page
As if the world is not already difficult on its own, the hand of poverty can slap you in the face and knock you to the ground every single time you begin to stand on your feet. Poverty arrives easily and like an unwanted pest; it is challenging to get rid of. One has to be open to living a completely different lifestyle than what they are used to or what they wish. The novel, “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls is a perfect example of a child’s development through poverty. In fact, it is a memoir of Jeannette Walls’ life. Throughout the novel, her and her family take on different roles, they test their trust and forgiveness for one another, and obtain the acceptance of their lost dreams. Jeannette took on a huge role as a kid. From earliest as the age of three, she cooked her own meal and resulted in burning herself. Jeannette told the nurses and doctors “Mom says I’m mature for my age- she lets me cook for myself a lot” (Walls 11). Her, and her siblings also took over the parent roles of the family by each holding a job or locating other means of recieving money to support the family when their parents did not. They all worried about their lives; about where they lived and how much food they had in their fridge. Meanwhile, children of financially stable families worry about what they are getting for Christmas or when their tooth will finally fall so the tooth fairy will grant them a dollar. Jeannette and her siblings pushed those thoughts far away. When Jeannette’s…

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