The Glass Castle And Literary Theories

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The Glass Castle and Literary Theories

If you dont want to sink, you better figure out how to swim. (Walls, 66) Although this quote was said by Rex as he was teaching Jeanette to swim, it stands out because it wraps up the whole theme of the book in that one little line. Not only is this the strategy that represents the way Jeanette and he siblings were raised but it shows the way they were often presented with challenges, some life threatening, but nine times out of ten those challenges were always out of their control.

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The two literary devices that I found to be most evident share the common theme of what you put in, is what you get out, those being the analysis of both the marxist theory; taking a deeper look into the way social class affects different aspects of the Walls family and the archetype theory looking at the typical main characters and their situations that are suspected to represent universal patterns of human nature.

There were many characters that had archetypes tied to them, but the one that I think had the biggest influence on everyone at the end of the day was Rex, the father or head honcho of the Walls household. He was seen as a mentor at first but also the villain. Rex was very intelligent and he taught his kids many important life skills throughout their lives. The only downfall was when he drank, which was often, he became short tempered and extremely manipulative. As a mentor he was able to teach his kids many skills that set them apart from other kids their age, things they may not learn in school but just going through the motions of life.

Rex taught them the essentials in life. He really drove home the values of objects and the priorities in which they came. The children placed very little value on objects and more so on things that will last their whole life, We laughed about the all the kids who believed in the Santa myth and got nothing for Christmas but a bunch of cheap plastic toys. Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten, Dad said, youll still have your stars. (Walls, 41) That quote shows that he was a successful mentor in the aspect he taught his kids the values he believes matter. On the flipside Rex also fulfilled the villain archetype when he drank.

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