Essay on The Life of Jeannette in The Glass Castle

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“I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.” The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a memoir about a young girl and her dysfunctional life. Jeannette and her family live a very tough life, constantly leaving to go somewhere new. However, along the way, Jeannette decides she wants to escape her family and move to New York. Throughout her life, she and her sister work on moving to New York to better their lives. The Glass Castle will become a classic because it includes hard times of life, contains lessons from parents, and allows the reader to be inspired by Jeannette's escape plan.
“We were always doing the skedaddle, usually in the middle of the night.”
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“Mom told us to savor it because we had no money for dinner the next night.” (Walls 197) The Walls family would go days without eating. Towards the end of the book, Jeannette’s father comes down with Tuberculosis. After a few months he recovers. However, a few months after, Rex gets in a fight and comes down with a rare Nigerian disease. Two weeks later, he has a heart attack and dies.
Jeannette learns innumerable lessons from her parents. The first lesson that Jeanette can recall is when her father talks to her about monsters. “That was the thing to remember about all monsters...They love to frighten people, but the minute you stare them down, they turn tail and run.” (Walls 37) Rex Walls is a drunk and a gambler. He is constantly teaching Jeannette how to gamble. “Never play the slots..They’re for suckers who rely on luck.” (Walls 55) Later on, Rex teaches Jeanette how to swim, which also turns into a life lesson. “...You can’t cling to the side your whole life...If you don’t want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.” Rex is known for his crazy adventures, and one day he takes Jeannette to a zoo to pet a cheetah. Jeannette is scared, but her father teaches her “that no animal, no matter how big or wild, is dangerous as long as you know what you’re doing.” (Walls 106) So then Jeannette goes on to pet the cheetah, and the cheetah licks her hand. One day Jeannettes older sister, Lori is making a fire and is badly burned. Her parents refuse to take Lori

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