Glass Castle Cultural Conflict

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“I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a Dumpster”. “And what am I supposed to tell people about my parents?” “Just tell the truth,” Mom said.” “That’s simple enough.” In the book, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, the author experiences an internal conflict, which is a conflict between Walls and herself, in which she experiences mixed feelings about helping her parents, Rose Mary and Rex Walls. Walls believed she knew what was best for her parents. She knew what was best for the family. ‘“We all have to help out”, Lori said. I thought I could do to contribute, besides collecting bottles and scrap metal. “I’ll cut the prices on my rocks,” I said’. In the beginning, Walls believed that her father, Rex, was the doing the best for her family, and when he lost his job she thought she needed to do what she could to help out. . ‘That left me, at thirteen, the head of the household’. Walls thought she was able to handle to the family and her father when her mother was away. She took care of the family and bought food and handled the money, but soon she realized that her father was always asking for money, money for cigarettes and alcohol. ‘“You can’t just live like this”, I said. “Why not?” Mom said. “Being homeless is an adventure”.’ Even though Walls knows her parents made the decisions that led them to where they are today, she feels unhappy for them. Walls began to realize that her parent’s decisions weren’t the best for her family, and she began to have mixed feelings for what she needed to do. ‘“Mom, you have to leave Dad”, I said’. Walls began to realize, as she got older, what was best for her family, and that her father’s decisions weren’t the best for her family. ‘“Do you think you could maybe stop drinking?”’ Walls realizes that her father’s

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