The Question and Answer section for The Glass Castle is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Jeannette wishes to fix up the house that the rest of her family has given up on. This is one way the author illustrates her need for a real home.... something to be proud of.
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Jeannette's mother was selfish, self absorbed, and careless with the welfare of her children. Rather than acting as a mother, she left her children to fend for themselves. As a mother, she was not a good role model..... she simply wasn't a role...