The Glass Castle blog #2

Blog #2, Pages 49-96

English 10

            This section of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls continued to tell the somewhat strange tales of the Walls family.  While moving to another city, Rex and Rose Mary Walls put their four children in the back of a U-Haul, which prove to be dangerous when the doors flung open. The Wall’s then move to a city named Battle Mountain, where they lived in an old railroad depot.  Mr. Wall’s would then get a job as an electrician in a barite mine, which he would be able to keep for six months.  The Wall’s enrolled their children into Mary S. Black Elementary school, which had all but understandable teachers.  While playing with matches and things they found at the dump, Brian and Jeannette accidentally burning down an old wooden shed behind the depot, which, to their surprise, did not anger their father.  While at a swimming hole with the family, Rex taught Jeannette how to swim by constantly throwing her back into the water and yelling, “Sink or swim!”  This proved to be a great life lesson for Jeannette.  After Rex Walls loses his job, the family eats a lot less and the children are many times left hungry without food, which motivates Rex Walls to find food wherever he can get it.  Because of the food issue, Rose Mary is pushed into enrolling as a teacher at the elementary school.  She is loved by students for her anti-discipline attitude.  A new boy named Billy Deel moves into the neighborhood.  He is three years older than Jeannette and insists that he and Jeannette are going out.  He then gives Jeannette a ring of his no longer present mother and, because she accepts this gift, believes they are going out.  After Jeannette gives the ring back to Billy, he later comes to their home with a BB gun and begins firing at the three Walls children.  Because the children fire their father’s pistol at Billy, though never actually hitting him, they are force to move again during the night, this time to Phoenix, where they will stay in the house of Rose Mary’s deceased mother. 

Loaded Words-

Killjoys, p.95.  I feel this word is loaded because the reader may think of someone in their life who they believe to be a killjoy.  I believe the word’s connotative feel is supposed to be one of dread.  I believe the author chose this word because it gives the reader a picture of gloominess.

            Sam Hill, p. 52.  This word phrase is loaded because the definition is basically up to the interpretation of the reader.  The connotative feel is one of shock.  The author chose this word in order to portray the correct amount of emotion from the character at the given moment.

            Oopie-Daisy, p. 52.  This word is loaded because it can be used in many different situations.  The connotative feel is of embarrassment.  The author chose this word in order to show how caught off guard Rose Mary is at that moment. 

            Steely-eyed, p. 54.  This word is loaded because it portrays a different emotion in everyone’s mind.  The connotative feeling is one of solidness.  The author chose this word because it has a nice sound to it. 

            Suckers, p. 55.  This word is loaded because it is used to label different kinds of people.  The connotative feel is one of defeat or foolishness.  The author chose this in order to label certain people she finds to be foolish. 

            Piss-poor, p. 55.  This word is loaded because the definition is up for interpretation.  The connotative feel is one of non wealth.  The author chose this word in order to exaggerate on how poor someone is. 

            Sorry-ass, p. 55.  This word is loaded because it brings different emotions to different people.  The connotative feel is one of pathetic ness.  The author chose this word mainly because it is a commonly used cuss word and flows nicely in a sentence. 

            Mangy, p. 55. This word is loaded because some might think of it as derogatory or rude.  The connotative feel is one of dirtiness.  The author chose this word in order to portray an extreme amount of scruffiness.

            Savage, p. 58.  This word is loaded because it contains derogatory backgrounds and is often used to label people.  The connotative feel is one of wildness.  The author chose this word in order to portray something as wild.  

            Wimp, p. 59.  This word is loaded because it is often used to insult someone.  The connotative feel is one of pathetic ness.  The author chose this word in order to label a character as being pathetic. 

Reaction

            I found the reading to be quite interesting this week, especially because the Walls family seems to continue with their normal crazy patterns.  It strikes me as odd that the father refuses to give up on his gold idea, though it seems like he is beginning to give up on that dream due to his family.  Also, it seems odd to me that the children are many times left without food.  This seems like a necessity, especially for growing children, and this is something the Walls’ should definitely pay more attention to.  It also amazes me that Jeannette continues to have faith in her father, even after it becomes apparent that he makes some bad decisions.  I predict that Jeannette will begin to realize that her family is crazy.

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