This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Social Issues Presented In Jeannette Wall's Memoir, The Glass Castle

1110 words - 4 pages

There are several different social issues presented in Jeannette Wall’s memoir “The Glass Castle.” These issues included neglect – medical and education,
unsanitary living conditions, homelessness, unemployment, alcohol abuse, domestic
violence, discrimination, mental health issues, physical and sexual abuse, hunger and poverty. Poverty was one of the major key issues addressed in this memoir. Poverty is referred to as the inability to provide for one basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, medical etc. Walls (2005), stated that at times they would go days without eating and would keep their hunger to themselves, but always thought of ways to get their hands on some food. She further stated that

“At lunchtime, when other kids unwrapped their sandwiches or brought their hot meals, Brian and I would get out a book and read…..I told people that I had forgotten my lunch {but} no one believed me, so I started hiding in the bathroom {stall} during lunch hour….When other girls came in and threw away their lunch bags in the garbage pail, I’d retrieved them and return to the stall and polished of my tasty finds ”

The major thesis addressed by the author, detailed the struggles she faced
throughout her childhood with an alcoholic father and a selfish mother who cared more about her art and happiness than that of her children’s. Alcohol misuse can affect all aspects of family functioning: social life, finances, good communication, relationships between family members, parenting capability, employment and health issues , It also has a strong correlation with conflicts, disputes and domestic violence which can leave a damaging effect on children. Alcohol misuse often times change the roles played by family members in relation to one another, and to the outside world as well. Most families operate in a system where responsibilities are divided. For example, one parent manages the family's finances, while the other supervises the children as in the case of the Wall’s family. However, as one parent develops a drinking problem, the other family members, often times children included, are more likely to find themselves having to take over the other parent’s role and may be performing all the roles as a result. Such as, shopping, household management, finances and so on.

A major consequence of alcohol misuse is that the drinker's behavior is more
likely to becomes unpredictable. For example, the drinker may become easily agitated and abusive. Another area of family functioning which is often affected by alcohol misuse relates to the kind of communications that takes place between family members.

It may be that the partner with the problem refuses to talk about it, even though it is clearly beginning to dominate his or her, and the family's, life, may become tense and nervous, keeping a watchful eye over the other parent.

Alcohol Impact on parenting capabilities and children are other areas of concern.
...

Find Another Essay On Social Issues Presented in Jeannette Wall's Memoir, The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle Essay

760 words - 4 pages The main idea of the book was no matter what happens family stick together. This is the story of Jeannette Walls life told by Jeannette Walls. The title The Glass Castle was a dream the at Rex Walls planned to give the family a mansion in the dessert and call it the glass castle after he found gold. Jeannette’s family consisted of Father and Mother, Rex and Rose Mary Walls, and three siblings (Lori, Brian, Maureen). This book starts with

The Glass Castle Essay

2000 words - 8 pages themselves is realized by utilizing the skills they formed while trapped in Welch. The courage to embrace change; putting aside such a deplorable childhood speaks volumes about the remarkable ability of these siblings to overcome hardship and achieve their own powerful and unique lives. Works Cited Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle. 1st edition. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print.

The Glass Castle Personal Reflection

691 words - 3 pages class, instructed by one of her favorite professors- Professor Fuchs- asks the class "if homelessness was the result of drug abuse and misguided entitlement programs, as the conservatives claimed, or did it occur as the liberals argues, because of cuts in social-service programs and the failure to create economic opportunity for the poor?" One major event in this scene is that Jeannette was called upon for her opinion. She in no way volunteered to

Social Classes as Presented in "The Lesson"

1589 words - 7 pages words and taking them to see the store that they were “poor and live in the slums” however the children had no problem whatsoever figuring that out for themselves (97). Though Bambara’s story “The Lesson” seems to be set in the 1960’s- 1970’s the issues present that accompany the social classes still exist today. If anything the social class issue is probably even more prominent today. Today the class system affects every single aspect of our

The Glass Castle: Critical Book Review

1440 words - 6 pages Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. New York, NY: Scribner, 2005. Print. This book was chosen to show that coming from a dysfunctional family does not have to hinder the success of a person’s future. Jeannette Walls is a journalist, writer, and former gossip columnist contributor to MSNBC.com. Despite living her childhood in the hands of neglectful parents, Jeannette Walls and her siblings have developed strength and achieved admirable

Glass Castle: The effect of Chronic Alcoholism

1076 words - 4 pages her incapable of stability the father’s addiction was the weight holding the family in their downward spiral. Without this chosen means of escape by Rex a different life would have befallen the children of the Wall’s family and while it would never have been ideal or picturesque they would have been able to continue in a happy and whimsical manner. Works Cited Walls, Jeanette. "The Glass Castle"

Perspectives on Childhood in The Glass Castle and The Kite Runner

2024 words - 8 pages In John Connolly’s novel, The Book of Lost Things, he writes, “for in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be”. Does one’s childhood truly have an effect on the person one someday becomes? In Jeannette Walls’ memoir The Glass Castle and Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner, this question is tackled through the recounting of Jeannette and Amir’s childhoods from the perspectives of their

Chaos in the Castle

1275 words - 6 pages Amy! Princess Elsa and Princess Anna’s good friend Amy came to visit on a hot sunny day at Arindale. They played in the garden, made crafts, and sang songs. The king and queen would often play hide and seek with them. They had a good and cheerful life, spending time with their kingdom and having banquets. If someone needed help, everyone will always volunteer, and will always help. The castle had many riches and goods, but never had anyone been

The Glass Castle is a better Place To Stand

1500 words - 6 pages book without becoming confused the next time you read it. Also I love the whimsy Jeannette puts on topics that aren’t typically whimsical. Jimmy’s novel is completely serious throughout the whole book. Finally, every character in “The Glass Castle” seems to develop and grow throughout the book. Other than Jimmy most of the characters either die or are never seen again by the end of the books. These are both really good books but “The Glass

The Characters of Othello, The Monk and Jeannette in Oranges

2175 words - 9 pages Compare and contrast how religion shapes and affects the characters of Othello, The Monk and Jeannette in Oranges. In the opening of “The Monk” we are given a sensationalised and somewhat excessively idolised description of Ambrosio’s character

Social And Political Issues In The 1970s

2596 words - 10 pages indigenous peoples. They could lease land but only for what his government considered worth while economic or social purposes. McMahon also said also said that his government would allow mining on Aboriginal reserves.That afternoon four Aboriginal activists ? Michael Anderson, Tony Coorey, Billy Craigie and Gary Williams ? came up with a daring scheme to express anger at the prime minister?s attitude. They set up an Aboriginal embassy in a tent on the

Similar Essays

The Life Of Jeannette In The Glass Castle

823 words - 4 pages “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

Success In The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

1019 words - 5 pages choices can lead to a horrible path where things wouldn't end up as we thought they would. Likewise, bad choices sometimes lead to good path where we are truly honest even if it hurts someone’s feelings. At least we are being honest than lying to others who trust us. Jeannette Walls, the author of The Glass Castle, talks in her book that she chooses to defend Dinitia against Erma's negative talk in the "niggerville." She chooses to defend them because

Changes In Tone Throughout The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls

770 words - 3 pages Throughout the Glass Castle there is a constant shift in Jeanettes tone through her use of diction. Her memoir is centered around her memories with her family, but mainly her father Rex Walls. Although it is obvious through the eyes of the reader that Rex is an unfit parent and takes no responsibility for his children, in her childhood years Jeanette continually portrays Rex as an intelligent and loving father, describing her younger memories

The Glass Castle By Jeannette Walls: The Path Of Recovery Is For Everyone

1366 words - 5 pages Hardships are a terrible, but normal part of everybody’s life. No matter the hardship, anybody can recover. After viewing the information, it give an idea of how bad each of them had it.When Jeannette from The Glass Castle escapes the depths of Welch and her parents, her life was smooth sailing afterwards. When you have a life as very upsetting as hers, It is expected for more struggles to happen later in life. Not everybody will be as fortunate