So I just finished the final revisions of my final essay for the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I’m just wondering what everyones opinion on the essay quality, detail, etc. I would love pointers and notes on it, please realize this is my essay so please don’t steal it and there are major spoiler alerts so if you haven’t read this fantastic memoir I suggest you run out to your local bookstore and pick up a copy!! Enjoy the essay and be as brutally honest as you can be it’ll only help me become a stronger writer, thanks again 😀
Unconstrained by Circumstance
Individuals can be seen responding to the circumstances they endure in different ways. The way they choose to respond to this issue can determine whether the effect of their exposure will end up being a positive effect that strengthen their character. In the memoir The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls, we see the effects of the circumstances on Jeannette and we see how she uses those situations to shape the person that she becomes. In the Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls can be seen living a life that is unconstrained by the circumstances of her unconventional youth. She is a focal point to the life of success that a person can live even after growing up in an unorthodox family. Jeannette goes to prove that even with the strangest of childhoods a person can have the life they want if they have the drive and passion to pursue the goals and dreams they desire to achieve.
In life the desire to achieve can work to be a powerful force that can allow for a person to achieve their aspirations. Through hard work and dedication to pursuing those ambitions what a person can achieve can be seen as infinitely amazing to those around them. We may see their struggle to achieve as a lost cause and something that the person should no longer attempt, but often it has been proven that if you go after your dreams nothing can ever stop you, not even zany parents who see life as a great adventure. Jeannette Walls serves as an example of how successful one can become when they continually pursue their dreams with a vigor and passion. Even with every possible obstacle in her path, Jeannette is seen striding past the obstacle and working to achieve the goals she has set for herself. Since Jeannette was three years old her family was always moving from place to place. As a child Jeannette is constantly uprooted from different schools if her parents decided it was time to move again. Even though Jeannette is constantly in and out of school she still ensures that she always keeps up with her school work and makes sure that she understands what she is being taught. Jeannette keeps her dream alive to become a writer by constantly going after her dreams even though she has the constant obstacle of her parents deciding to relocate at every possible whim and the constant battle she faces against outsiders. Even with those disadvantages Jeannette ensures that she excels in all that she does and puts all possible effort into what she wants to become. Even at a young age she ensures that she joins a newspaper club at her school and though she is treated poorly and is judged harshly by those around her, she works her way up to becoming the editor and key writer of her high school newspaper. Jeannette works hard to become the editor of her high school newspaper and proves herself as a capable writer. Continually over the years Jeannette continues to ensure that she strives for what she wants without any inhibitions from the life she has lived. Long after her high school success when she finally moves to New York Jeannette ensures that she again is doing what will help her achieve her desires while also proving that she can have success even after living such a peculiar life. In New York, though it is not the most reputable newspaper company in the city Jeannette has still achieved a greater success than most have expected. Her achievement of such success has come as a surprise to many who did not believe that she would succeed, from her own mother to the people of Welch disbelief for the thriving of Jeannette Walls is apparent. ”No one expected you to amount to much… You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard.” (270) Jeannette’s own mother is seen doubting the talents that her own child has and is even reluctant to accept that her daughter has become successful in her own right. Rose-Mary Walls has assumed a position that Jeannette will be an unsuccessful person. Even though Rose-Mary doesn’t believe that Jeannette will be successful, it becomes evident that Jeannette works hard for what she wants. Her own mother though not believing in the skill-set of her child still sees that her daughter has worked hard for her ambitions. Jeannette is even able to receive a job that she is proud of at the Phoenix newspaper. “…and became a full-time reporter for The Phoenix. I’d never been happier in my life.” (248) Jeannette displays exuberance at having achieved the goal of receiving full-time work doing what she loves most. We see that she is achieving what she desires and will continue to achieve more as she climbs the ladder to reach her final goals. Jeannette is bringing herself up from the rubble of a life that she has lived and proves that no matter what she’s been through she still plans to continue and work to achieve her goals. With hard work and a steely determination Jeannette proves that no matter what you’ve come from you can go on to acquire anything in life.
Though Jeannette has suffered a life of gross poverty it can be seen that she still desires the best for herself in life. She realizes that the person she was as she is growing up is not who she must become as a mature youth and adult. She envisions a good life for herself and accepts that she has every right to live that life she desires. Though the Walls parents have done many wrongs to Jeannette there is one life lesson that they have instilled into her. They’ve empowered Jeannette with the energy and hunger to have the best education that she can obtain. ”I’ve always believed in the value of a good education” (265) Though the parents constantly ensure that they do the opposite of the social norm, they’ve made sure to inspire Jeannette with the values of good schooling. Alongside Jeannette’s parents value instillments with an added extra persuasion from her sister, Jeannette takes the leap and enters into the world of academia with an Ivy League college acceptance. “I applied to its sister college, Barnard, and was accepted.” (250) Even with her upbringing Jeannette is still bright enough to make her way into a superior college, a college that most would say “trash” like her didn’t deserve to attend. Though Jeannette has a colourful past she proves herself as capable enough to be accepted into such a college and further proves her worth as a student in the college. She works her way through her years of college proving to be an incredibly self-sufficient young woman. Jeannette’s parents have proven to not have completely unusual ways of raising children because in Jeannette we see that she has a desire for education which her parents have helped to implant into her as a child. This can be seen when even in her most desperate time of educational need her father is seen pulling through for once and providing Jeannette with what she needs to gain the full intellectual experience she desires to gain. “I paid what I owed on my tuition with Dad’s, crumpled bills” (265) Even as her father is living the life of a homeless person in New York City he still ensures that Jeannette pursues and holds the values of gaining the best education possible. Rex proves that he truly values his daughter’s education and her pursuit of that education to gain the life she wants to live. Although many harsh words can be said about Rex and Rose-Mary Walls, they’ve provided Jeannette with the advantage of enjoying educational experiences and the desire to seek such occurrences.
Human beings can be seen responding to the circumstances they endure by using them as the force that will drive them to pursue their goals. The way they choose to respond to this issue helps to determine the level of success they’ll achieve with their pursuit. In The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls we see the effects of the circumstances on Jeannette how those happenings have worked to shape Jeannette’s life and allow her to become the person she wants to be, whilst living the life she wants to live. In The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls can be seen living a life that is unconstrained by the circumstances of her nonconformist years of girlhood. She is a highlight to the life of success that a person can live even after growing up in an unconventional family. Jeannette goes to prove that even with the most questionable of childhoods a person can have the life they want if they have the drive and passion to pursue the goals and dreams they desire to achieve.