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The Glass Castle Themes

Jeannette Walls
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Themes

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a devastating disease that affects an entire family, not just the person afflicted. Alcoholism often causes the victim to make bad decisions and to act in ways that are not always in the best interest of those around him. Jeannette's father is an alcoholic. Due to his affliction, Jeannette's father spent a majority of her childhood making decisions that were detrimental to the family. When Jeannette was a small child, her father's disease was better controlled. Jeannette's father would often hold a job for months at a time and provide for his family the necessities required to survive. However, as Jeannette grew older, her father's disease worsened. Soon Jeannette's father began to lose his jobs with more frequency, until he finally refused to even search for a job. The family suffered from this lack of income. However, more importantly, it was Jeannette's father's decision-making skills that...

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