The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls Essay

1057 Words Feb 24th, 2016 5 Pages
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a very well written summary of her life. Walls’s unique writing techniques draw in the audience and keep them on their toes. One of the elements of the book I really enjoyed was the element of surprise. Just when I thought their lives were turning around, something tragic would happen. The story is a very real look into the lives of just one family living an impoverished lifestyle. Jeannette gives her readers not only a taste of what it is like to live in poverty, but many other family issues. Something else I valued in this book was the success stories of the Walls’s children. Although Maureen does not get the happily ever after that her siblings do, she is still getting the help she needs. Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Glass Castle.
Poverty and education often go hand in hand. Research gives evidence of academic failure among students who are living in poverty for many reasons. Whether they are not getting enough food and cannot focus, or they simply do not have the extensive vocabulary that they need to succeed in the classroom, teaching children who live in poverty may be seen as a challenge. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of what some children living in an impoverished family may experience. In the book, Brian and Jeannette are put in special education classes due to a learning disability. Unfortunately, their disability is defined as “unable to understand” because of the…

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