The Glass Castle

Novel Review and Study Helps



Throughout the story, Jeannette and her siblings forgave their irresponsible parents for every wrongful thing they did. The kids forgiving their parents opens a way to love them. Forgiveness also decreases Jeannette's anger and makes her general attitude more positive,optimistic, and joyful. We see this specifically when Jeannette forgives her father for dropping her in the water and she was near drowning.

Alcohol has a harmful effect on families

Throughout the story, The kid's father is a alcoholic and caused lots of family problems. Jeannette and her siblings experience high level of stress and tension because of their father's alcoholism. Jeannette's little sister,Maureen, has nightmares and when she is a young girl,she has a dependent personality and cannot take care of herself.



At the beginning of the story, Jeannette spots her mother digging in the trash and feels embarrassed. She also talks about her family and her life.

                                                            Rising Action

Jeannette's parents take her to a raffle at a fair while Jeannette was hospitalized. Then they proceeded to tell her they won, and that they went on a trip, while she was in the hospital all alone. This hit Jeannette a lot because this was the first that she experienced her parents being rude and hurtful to her.

Then Jeannette was learning how to swim with her father, when he almost drowned her in the water. Jeannette was extremely frightened and wouldn't talk to her father. She let it loose for a little while after saying, "If he hadn't almost let me drown, I wouldn't have learned how to swim". This is part of their relationship when she feels her father is loyal to her, when he's really not.

Finally, Jeannette's father, tries and prostitutes Jeannette for his own good at the bar. This was terrible this that Jeannette experienced, because this made her think that her dad doesn't care for her or her siblings. This is when Jeannette cant trust her dad anymore with any thing.


Jeannette gets whipped by her father for back talking to her mother. After getting whipped by her father, she runs off to the woods. In the woods, she makes up her mind and says she wouldn't get whipped again and move to New York as soon as possible.

                                                              Falling Action

Jeannette moves to New York to live more responsible and to get away from her father. She finds an apartment that she loves and a good job. She also decides to go back to school at Columbia University.


At the end, Lori and her mother got into an argument, when Lori shoots and kills her mother. At that time she finds out that her mother had a million dollars saved up.



Jeannette is girl living in New York City with a good job. Jeannette became very responsible after facing many family problems in the past. Her parents didn't treat her liked they loved her and had to face too many of those challenges.


Dad is the father of Jeannette and her siblings. Dad was irresponsible and didn't treat his children the way they should be treat. Dad was also a drunk alcoholic that could not stop drinking.



She is a selfish mother of the family who brings her own problems with her and passes it on to her children. She also loves her family but only after her own needs are met.





                                                        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"  Page 187 paragraph 3

-This quote is important because it tells how Jeannette should feel about others and her parents.

"If you don't want to sink, you better know how to swim" Page 95 paragraph 2

-This quote is important because it tells how Jeannette's father was teaching her how to swim when she almost drowned.

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