The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls Essay

2062 Words Dec 7th, 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, thousands of children 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 of abuse and neglect. Although The Glass Castle is a fictional book that gives readers an opportunity to experience and perceive the lifelong effects of trauma, fictional representation of these effects are not always true to reality.
Neglect is a form of physical abuse that ironically do not require physical contact with the external body, but rather, it causes internal pain due to the body’s lack of 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’s actions of eating a bar of margarine demonstrate that they are suffering from neglect, and that their parents purposely do not meet their essential needs. In chapter 17, Jeannette relates her unsettling encounter with margarine. This incident not only exhibits the…

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