The Glass Castle Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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1.Hope can be the sole reason you are alive at this very moment, and the lack of it has caused thousands of deaths throughout history. A. The Glass Castle shows Jeannette's anticipation of better things to come in her life while she is a child. 1.Her first mention of it shows her childishness at the time, "When Dad wasn't telling us about [...] he'd start work on our Glass Castle."(25) Jeannette, only four at the time, brags of her maturity, yet is still believes her father could actully accomplish this feat. She almost has a sarcastic tone, but this is hard not to do when you're talking about your four year old self. 2.This continues even 9 years later; while trying to adjust to the new hometown of welch, Jeanette explains "Seeing as how [...] help him on the frame."(155) Even as she matures in other ways, she has yet to give up on her father, and still firmly belives in thier dream of The Glass Castle. She needs something to push her through her rough life, and she finds it in The Glass Castle. B.Jeannette also aquires some momentous ambitions for someone of her upbringing. 1.Jeanette says "I decided I wanted to be one of nthe people who knew what was really going on." (204) Jeannette yearns for the feeling of accomplishment. Speciffically for the feeling that she knows the truth, like a muckraker in the early 20th century. 2.Jeannette struggles to find the right place for her to accomplish this later in life, "A year after Dad died, [...] where I belonged." (280) After settling in to what she once thought was her dream life, Jeannette finds that she is uncomfortable with how she is living; she decides to move and craft a new life, one of immense happiness. 2.Neglect is one of the sharpest knives you can stab anyone with. A.Jeannette's parents, uinfortunately, are very good at slicing the entire family. 1.Jeannette's parents leave

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