The Glass Castle

what are your initial views of the mother and daughter?

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The memoir's beginning lays bare all of Jeannette's hitherto pent up insecurities about her troubled past. Though she has escaped the substandard circumstances that characterized her childhood, Rose Mary's appearance by the dumpster is a symbol that Jeannette cannot ever fully hide from her past life of poverty and periodic homelessness. The scene of mother behind a dumpster brings issues of guilt, regret, animosity, and sympathy for Jeannette.