The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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In life we as people are faced with challenges and adversities regardless of racial background, social status, or religious lifestyle. Some people are faced with more hardships than others, and how people deal with their issues can differ depending on the people they surround around them. Merriam Webster describes adversity as a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune (Merriam). This is apparent when you compare and contrast the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, verses the documentary Inocente which follows a girl name Inocente. As where the racial backgrounds, family settings, and locations of the protagonist differ, there is a clear relation between the two stories. As where there are many differences in the story, one of the most major differences is how both of the protagonist handle their hardships. Both The Glass Castle and Inocente follows the lives of two young girls who are both growing up in a life of poverty, and they are both surviving homelessness with their families. Both of the protagonist are victims of homelessness, selfish parents, and massive shame. Though there is a clear difference of how the protagonist are forced to deal with their situations, and there are clearly different perspectives from each protagonist. In The Glass Castle as where Jeannette Walls' family is struck with poverty, there seems to be a certain type of normality in her lifestyle. From reading the book it can be theorized that Jeannette's father could be suffering from a psychological disorder, but unlike Inocente's father Jeannette is not facing traumatizing abuse from her father. In fact both of Jeannette's parents seem to showcase and express love for their children in a somewhat... ... middle of paper ... ...g, and appears to be very focused on her craft. Therefore when she was given the opportunity to showcase her work she did so with excitement and positivity, and witnessed like Jeannette Walls did, success through her passion. As Harriet Tubman stated once, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world (Tubman).” Works Cited Inocente. Dir. Sean Fine. Perf. Inocente Izucar. Cinema Guild, 2012. DVD. Tubman, Harriet . "Passion Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. . Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. New York: Scribner, 2005. Print. "adversity." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. .
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