The Theme Of Forgiveness In The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

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“The Glass Castle” Essay
Sophia Pittman
Forgiveness is the main idea of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. Throughout her novel, Walls proves that even though her childhood was full of neglect, she still loves her parents unconditionally. Unconditional love is another theme that ties in with forgiveness throughout the story. Even though she desperately wants to get away from her parents and leave behind her catastrophic life, Walls still loves and forgives her parents. I can relate to her struggle of deciding which factor is more important in life: family and loyalty or self sufficiency and independence. I, without a doubt, fully agree with Walls, that family comes first. No matter what mistakes they make or what misleading actions they may take, their heart is usually in the right place; every single thing they do is out of the unconditional love they hold for you. In the novel
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Family shapes silly, happy children into mature, succesful adults. Without family who would be standing by your side picking you up every time you fall? Who would wipe the tears from your eyes every time you cry? And who would support any and everything you do or dream? Family is the glue that holds people together and creates bonds that death can’t even tear apart. Unconditional love, forgiveness and support are all factors each family has. Parents can make mistakes out of love and so do children. Jeannette Walls explains that after her father dies of a heart attack, even though he wasn’t the perfect father and make many mistakes, she forgave him and hoped he forgave her for not appreciating all the things he was willing to sacrifice for family. Even though their childhood was full of neglect, all of the Walls kids achieved their dreams because their parents taught them to believe they could. Their parents might not have done everything right, but they taught the most important thing to their kids-to

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