Plot Synopsis: The Glass Castle was a memoir written by Jeannette walls published on march 2015. Jeannette Walls lived with her parents Rex and Rose Mary Walls as well as her 3 siblings. Due to an often shortage of food or money the Walls family lived like Nomads, moving from one place to another and trying to re-settle in to an area. Rex walls was the eminence of the family yet he was often drinking or smoking.under these circumstances, Rex Walls and his wife are still able to discipline their children like any other parent but in a rather distinctive way. The mom in turn, is curious and open-minded, who often considers her children a distraction from her artistic interests and Cooking a meal that would be consumed had no proposition when she could make a painting that might last forever. Later, when they exhausted all their money, the family decides to move to welch in west virginia.
however rex walls was in opposition to this and had done everything to avoid this. Ultimately, when the city of welch only brought the family into dreadful circumstances, Jeannette and her siblings had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they withstood their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home which brought them to new york. Thesis: In the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the author is able to portray the ambiance in which the walls children are regularly put in a conflict hard to upend by exhibiting a number of literary devices such as symbolism, theme, and extended metaphor. 1.
One of the first most important aspects of The Glass Castle is the appliance of symbolism throughout the story to show the struggle of the children throughout the story.A .The Glass Castle presents fire from the very beginning of the book when Jeannette accidentally lights herself with it while making hot dogs. Fire is both a source of heat and light and a danger. From the family’s San Francisco apartment to Erma’s house(their grandma) in Welch.
Fire has been brought up a significant amount of times throughout the memoir , from using it for heat to burning the whole house down. But Jeannette is fascinated by fire, perhaps because of its power to do both good and harm. When she’s younger, that fascination edges towards a worry that fire is out to get her. By the time she’s older, though, Jeannette begins to appreciate fire more.her father tells her that the place at which fire melts into air is the unknown border between order and turbulence. Fire, then, stands for the uncertainty of this unknown factor, as Jeannette couldnever fully know whether her childhood and dysfunctional family has done more good than harm. B.
Jeanette’s mother is always enthralled by the joshua tree. The tree grows in the direction of the wind rather than growing straight up. The Joshua tree symbolizes the strength and beauty that can arise from dysfunction. As Mom tells Jeannette , the tree’s struggle is what gives the tree its beauty. This symbol can be applied to Jeannette’s need to overcome incredible difficulties in the process of growing up. It suggests that Jeannette’s childhood was not lost and that she would not be the person she is today without these struggles. However, the Joshua tree also reminds us how different people can see the same image or event in very different ways: for Jeannette, who as a child does not (understandably) see the need for such struggles, the tree is ugly rather than beautiful.C.
As the title of the memoir, this symbol could easily sum up most of the interests of the book. The Glass Castle symbolizes the dreams that Jeannette must release in order to fully mature. For years, Dad , with the kids, made blueprints and floor plans for a magnificent transparent palace built in the desert and relying on solar panels for electricity. The Glass Castle is a pageant of how their Dad would like to live in a self-sufficient and sustainable way.
In Welch, Brian and Jeannette even dig a foundation pit for the castle.. Jeannettes dream definitively burst once Dad tells her to fill up the pit with garbage. the very idea, the dream itself, has become no more than place for trash. Dad’s attempts to revive the dream, by showing Jeannette new floor plans when she’s about to leave for New York, only helped her to realize that she must definitively let go of the idea of the Glass Castle. This is what really helped Jeannette into maturing and realizing that this dream was just a dream and it never was going to happen.
This allowed her to focus on different goal and have a completely different mind set in a way that helped her become successful2. Another great way jeannette walls presents to the people the amazing structure and her main message of the story is through the theme. Jeannette walls is able to represent 1 theme through many different idea and symbols in the story.
A. mountain goat Rex’s nickname for his favorite child. The nickname refers to Jeannette’s struggle in face of trouble. Like a mountain goat, she is able to climb mountains without losing herself. Jeannette is the only child given a nickname by her father. This implies a special relationship between her and her father that the other children could not share with Rex. Additionally, the nickname foreshadows Jeannette’s pertinacious mind set and endurance when she realizes that her and her siblings must live apart from their parents if they are to ever have stable, fulfilling lives.B.
the joshua tree also shows relevance in the theme,The tree that Rose Mary spots in the desert is indicative of the effect the struggles of life have on each of the characters in the memoir. Constantly blown by wind, the Joshua tree grows sideways and, as Rose Mary declares, it is beautiful because of its struggle. The Walls children are the individual Joshua trees, their lives were formed by the constantly blowing wind of their parents’ frequent movements in towns and questionable habits. Jeannette tries to resist this t when living in New York. She does not want anyone to know about her past or judge her for allowing her parents to remain homeless. However, her attempts to grow upwards are averted and she eventually fails to resist like the Joshua tree, and grows sideways, finally allowing her struggle to be heard.C.
The Glass Castle, physical objects often become symbolically significant, standing in for a character’s personality or dreams, from Jeannette’s rock collection that signify her desire for order to loris . These possessions are something they go to keep while everything around them is changing, giving them a certain sense of pride and satisfaction. At times, The Glass Castle reveals, the simple fact of owning something can make up for irrelevant or major needs.
.the Glass Castle illustrates a line between explaining that personal possessions can be powerful tools of identity, comfort, and admitting that the lack of personal possessions is not the only thing holding these children back from a better life.3.
Last but not least, extended metaphor shows a significant amount of importance into helping Jeannette Walls display her message.A.