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Constant Change in The Glass Castle Essay


Constant Change

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. (Cohen) In the novel Glass Castle through Jeannettes eyes she portrays her father Rex to be adventurous and a good figure in her life, keeping everything exciting and new keeping things positive even when you could find the worst in the situation. Jeannettes life was chaotic and yet it was ironically constant knowing she was going to skedaddle every so often not staying in one place for long, giving that moment life.

Life already has plenty of surprises that are not asked for, in the novel Glass Castle the father, Rex without a doubt gives life to the family, A statement in this novel that shows this is Dad was always there, full of ideas and ingenuity. He would find something on a back shelf where everyone else had missed (67). Never giving up, Doing everything Rex Walls style. The thought of Jeannette only being five and having so much faith in her father when others would just give up or complain and cry shows how mature her parents have made her at such a young age. Dad looked over my shoulder. Great he said. But lets juice it up a little. Still showing faith and that he was proud but never letting anything get too boring.

Never knowing what is going to happen next in a situation is something this novel captures very well, . The fight disappeared from both of them. Vanished as if it had never existed they were so happy that it was like they fell in love again. Any child would think the

worst of a situation when seeing their parents fight but they were young uns raised to be tough. Not only tough but look at the positive part of things as well keeping everything and everyone equal. Cold weather kills germs and I think were all equal.

Life goes by us fast enough; Rex Walls never gives his kids a chance to miss anything life is throwing at them. He makes them endure things that most never would think they would have to deal with at such a young age. Yet through all this it made Jeannette and her siblings ( excluding Maureen) the people they are today.

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