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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.” (Walls 19) Jeannette and her family were running from the law. They would never pay the bills on time, and would constantly have to leave, as soon as someone expected money from the Walls family. The first time the did the “skedaddle” was when Jeannette was three years old. She was making hot dogs, on her own and was burned badly. Her parents took her to the hospital, and she was there six weeks before the doctor started asking for money. One night, Rex Walls, her father, picked her up and ran away. Another hard time of life was when Jeanette's mother had a miscarriage. “Mom never seemed upset about Marry Charlene's death...Dad, however, wouldn’t talk about Mary Charlene.” (Walls 28) The family never talks about Mary Charlene but Jeannette believes that is why her father has a drinking problem. “As we fought, they called me poor and ugly and dirty, and it was hard to argue at this point.” (Walls 140) Later on, when the family moves to 93 Little Hobart street, Jeannette is bullied because she can not afford lunch, or new clothes. One night, the family was able to enjoy some ice cream, but it came with a cost. “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...

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