Walls: Her Writing, Our Writing, and What happens when…

3 Mar


***Anger…. at end.

Care less or more?

Should we hold the kids responsible at all?

What did we learn, something NEW, about the Walls family in these final pages?

-The degree of Jeannette’s inner fire!!

-Change in M’s character..

-Jeannette begins to feel an urge to keep moving after her father dies, a constant need to move and not remain in one area for more than a few minutes..

-Brian’s value for order, and his lack of order while growing up, made him want to become a police officer.

3 Responses to “Walls: Her Writing, Our Writing, and What happens when…”

  1. Savannah March 4, 2014 at 5:28 am #

    For me the end of The Glass Castle was not that great, I did not feel as though it progressed to something more effective or better. The ending seemed to show that the family is still at odds, no one cares to deal with it, or confront the mother. Instead they all choose to adjust to the mothers needs instead of confronting them. I thought the toast was kind from the children, but for me the mother seemed to love and hate the father. For her to say that it was at least always an adventure was a catch 22. Does she truly have nothing kind left to say about her late husband? How cruel is that, that she can not miss him or admit to loving him.. if she can not they should have left it out, without saying a thing about him.

    As the children grow and Jeannette is 12, I find myself frustrated with them. They have all expressed some sort of conflict with the family and frustrations. Why not, move out? They could figure something out, they are all brilliant in their own ways. I feel that they should have tried for something better or started too at this age, especially Jeannette. It is very clear to see that Lori idolizes her mother and can not see her as a wrong until later. Brian becomes someone and creates his own family until that does not work and he starts recreating once more. I feel a sadness for Maureen, I feel as though she was never a thought for anyone in this family, not even Jeannette. They left her on her own from day one, seems as though eventually they all stopped caring.

    As someone who reads a lot and has a few different styles of writing that I enjoy, I was disappointed with how Jeannette wrote her final pages. I expected more from her adult writing, she demonstrated such simplicity and child like recollections and writing, advancing it as she grew. The ending was a let down, not a dramatic let down, still a let down. I anticipated more, maybe this is my doing.

    I must admit, the Walls’s family life is beyond amazing, and beyond heartbreaking. What a way to grow up and what ways the parents see the world. Exciting yet dangerous, and for me not fitting for children to prosper in.

  2. Kevin Ghilotti March 5, 2014 at 5:12 am #

    The ending of The Glass Castle left me disappointed. With everything that family has been through, I was expecting a huge family blow out. During the whole book I had a feeling that Brian would be the one to speak up against mom and dad, not Jeannette. I felt a little relived when she finally had the courage to speak up against Rex in the kitchen. I feel that there are a lot of unresolved conflicts in the family that should’ve been dealt with.

    To answer the question of whether we should hold the kids responsible or not, is a difficult one. I believe you can’t hold them responsible. It would be a completely different situation if the children were all 18 and over, but they weren’t. Holding them responsible for their parent’s mistakes and problems isn’t logical. As much as teenagers would like to think they know everything, they don’t. I just have a hard time blaming someone who hasn’t even finished middle school for the actions of the parents. Jeannette and her siblings should be looking up to their parents to teach them and show them right from wrong. They way it’s supposed to be. Having children trying to raise parents is difficult and unreasonable. Rex and the mother aren’t going to take commands from their 12-year-old daughter. While I would’ve liked to see them put up more of a fight, or voice their feelings on the matter, it wouldn’t have done them any good.

  3. Kelsey Tuttle March 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    The ending of the book wasn’t the way I had imagined it to be. I wanted it to be as dramatic as the whole book had been. These kids were constantly going to through all these crazy and dangerous experiences but then when it came to the end of the book it ended pretty settle. Maybe I just wanted more out of it but I was hoping for more.

    In my belief the kids shouldn’t be held responsible. They did everything they can to just simply survive in the circumstances that their parents put them in. They made the best of everthing that was thrown at them. How can you blame children when they have absolutely no path set up for them, they had to make their own path every day. No one was there to help guide them, they had to guide themselves. Blaming them for their parents wrong doings would be harsh.

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