The Glass Castle

By: Jeannette Walls


The Walls family moved from the west to the east of the United States.

Mary Walls: The mother of the four children and usually stayed at home to take care of them while the dad was away.

Rex Walls: The father that was an alcoholic and could not support the family. He died of a heart attack in the end.

Plot: There was a family in Battle Mountain California and they were very poor. They lived off of scraps for the garbage and the little money income that they had. They traveled throughout the United States in search for gold. The dad was an alcoholic and abused the mother. The kids had to be very independent because they would often find themselves being hungry without any food in the house. In the end they move to New York to start new lives and get a good job so that they can live happily.

Theme 1: Loyalty

The Walls children had to be very loyal to their parents and they had to learn this very quickly or else they may be left behind and forgotten.

Theme 2: Forgiveness

Each person in the Walls family had to forgive each other for the things that they have done so that they can stay together and survive.

Important quotes:

“You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies. Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.”              - Jeannette Walls

“Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy. You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.” - Jeannette Walls

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