I don't think Rex has changed much at all. He's very sleazy, and a crook. In this section i realized how low of a person he was when he allowed Robbie to take Jeanette upstairs. So i f possible, i believe Rex has become even more of a lowlife because of the lack of money in the family, and the quality of life they're living. As well as that he also took the families money from Jeanette for cigarettes and more booze while his children starved. I'm very angry with Rex, i think he has made bad choices for his family.
Rex has stayed the same, and Rosemary and Rex aren't showing good responsible parenting, not at all, they don't have any morals and worst part is that they don't care. Rexs takes jeanettes money for booze and cigs, which was a bad choice.
i don't feel that rosemary has changed at all i she is spoken about so we here abut her struggle more so. Rex has been dissent he is going to the bar, he is avoiding his wife and family. when he dose come home he is frustrated and angry abut the life he is living And Jeannette is growing up she is becoming more aware of what is going on around her, she is realizing that the situation that she is living in is not ideal and she needs to do something about it.
This memoir gives much detail on Rosemary, Rex, and Jennette and how they behave. In my opinion I feel that Rosemary and Rex do not carry very responsible parenting skills. They lack love and comfort towards their children. They are both selfish in their own ways. Rosemary shows it because she cares only about her art and herself (does not cook much, lacks the motherly care, leaves her children etc.). Rex's priorites include having money (causing the family to not be supported to which is the father's responsibility) to fulfill his obsession with alcohol. Jenette on the other hand realizes as she gets older that her parent's parenting is very weak and that all the siblings must find a way to support themselves. She is young but very wise. In the end, the parents are on a downslide whereas the children are maturing and becoming something much more than what is expected from their family.
Rex and Rosemary both act the same. Over the years Jeanette has grown and learned how to be self sufficiant never being able to depend on her mother and father because they could never provide for her. Jeanette is more mature and and earns a stable paying job and her parents end up homeless because of their self righteousness.
Rex and Rose Mary are to me some of the best people in this book. That is because no matter what life throws at them they stick to their principles and never let life get them down.
Jeannette is another story. She changes directions like a weather-vane blowing in the wind, at first she's proud of her parents, then she is ashamed of them.
My opinion on Rosemary was that I felt disgusted with her as mother. She left her kids to fend for themselvesfor the summer while she was out '"focusing on herself" and doing the things that she wanted. I feel that her role as a mother she should be putting the needs of her kids before hers. She gave them little money to live off of and then left.
My opinion on Rex was that I was angry and frustrated with him. He to was also never around and would come home really late. All day Jeanette and her siblings would have to look after themselves as best as they could. Jeanette even put together a budget and planned out how she would spend their money. I was angry with Rex because he would manipulate Jeanette into giving him all this money for his alcohol. He'd rather feed his addiction then put food in his childrens mouths.
My opinion on Jeanette was that I was frustrated. I felt this way because she didnt have a back bone when it came to her father. She knew it was wrong to give him the money and that she shouldnt but she did anyways.
I don't see any change in Rex and I fear that he will never change, the world could end around him and he would still be the same old irresponsible 19 year old in a grown body. Rosemary on the other hand is obviously the better of the two parents, being the only on that steps up to the plate from time to time. Unfortunately she doesn't have enough backbone to stand up to Rex, and for whatever reason stays with him even if leaving him could prove to be the wiser decision. Jeannette wants a better life for her and her family despite her parents being content to being treated like trash. I feel for Jeannette constantly wishing that her father will change but he remaining the same, trying to make her life better with small things but being shot down by her family. Jeannette must feel stuck with not even a sign of what she can do to get out.
"A few days later, Mom came home. She seemed different, too. [...] ...but I didn't care. I'd also changed over the summer. " (Walls 219)
In this quote Jennette even talks about how much she and her mom has changed. I believe her dad is unpredictable though, so I don't think he changed his unpredictable ways. Rex's choice to spank Jennette wasnt really appropriate and especially because of how much Jennette has done for him over the summer, he basically forgot about it and just focused on giving her discipline. I feel as though they expect her to be an adult by making money and taking care of the other kids. But they treat her as a child even though she has already matured into an adult. I am just as frustrated as Jennette is after the incident of spanking, I can relate to her regarding being expected to be an adult yet being treated as a child.
Rex hasn't changed much, if anything i thin we learn more about how he has a warped mind sent about how life should be. also, we learn about how the walls family is dealing with the constant issues that are brought up due to Rexes drinking problems and neglect from the parents. every single miss hap seems to have a taken out of every single person in some way or an other.
Rose Mary has become more and more selfish - not just during the summer, but pretty much since the family moved into Welch. She concerns herself more with her personal issues than the issues or concerns or wishes of her children. Rex becomes even worse, going to such an extent as stealing money from his own children for alcohol and smokes. And Jeanette decides once and for all that she is finished with being held back by her parents' selfishness, and follows Lori to New York city to pursue her dreams of being a journalist. I think that Jeanette made an excellent decision in up and leaving her parents. She realized that all they were doing to her was causing her grief and stress and making her life difficult. And she didn't fall for her father's charismatic begging for her to stay either. I reckon that it took a lot for her to do that, and it's very respectable.
I think Rex has become a terrible father, before he used to spend time with his kids and he cared about them but now he doesn't do anything for them and pretends they don't exist. Also he starts to make bad choices like taking the family money for himself, this makes me frustrated because the family can't do anything about it because he's the leader.
In my opinion, Rex and Rosemary did not change over the summer. They both still act as the children and not the adults. For example, Rex only came around the household to ask Jeannette for some of the money. Using the same line he always does "Have I ever let you down?" (Walls 210) he convinced Jeannette to give him the money. Rosemary did not change after the summer hoildays simply because she began acting like a child and not wanting to go back to work as a teacher. "But on that first day of school, Mom refused to get out out of bed" (Walls 218). She had done that many times before thereforce not changing a bit.
I do feel that Jeannette changed over the summer. She lost interest in her dad's ideas for the Glass Castle and started to lose hope in him that he would ever come clutch with his plans. She was growing up and started to be aware of her parents problems all summer long.
Everyone seems to be expressing the same sentiments I have towards the situation. I believe that Rex has become careless; letting his young daughter go upstairs with a man older than he is knowing what he was able to do her makes me sick, that is completely wrong of him. Also, spending family money on booze and cigarettes is discussing to me, not only because he chooses his bad habits over his family, but because he went as low as to make the choice of taking money from his own daughter to purchase unnecessary items when he should be concerned about the food they've been eating and their health. Rosemary seems to be letting go. She seemed to be the strongest at first, but now she seems as though she is becoming more and more selfish, only caring about what she likes to do and what she wants. Jeanette made a courageous but smart decision to leave.
I think Rex and Rosemary have changed little to none as usual. Rex does seem to act even worse in this section such as by taking Jeanette's money while she lived only with her siblings. It's even worse that he took their escape funds and lied about it, knowing what it was. He seemed to always act like this though, it's just showing more now that his children are becomming independant and want to live away from their parents. Rosemary is a similar situation. She's the same, but seems to be acting a little more selfish just like Rex. This may be how the two react to the stress of knowing their children are trying to move out of the nest and leave them. It seems like a very inappropriate way for a parent to react, and can be frustrating to read. Jeanette seems to be changing for the better, though. She's retaliating against her parents' poor actions more, and is acting quite mature for her age. No longer will she need to depend on Rosemary or Rex, and she's helpign her siblings to get to this point as well.
I feel frustration towards Rex and rosemary because they are terrible selfish and irresponsible parents and will never change because they cant see it themselves. I think Jeannette has changes a lot because she is realizing how her parents neglect her and don't care about her.
I think every single family member in the walls family has changed a little bit, all in their own ways. Both Rex and Rosemary are still continuing to neglect their children, rosemary doesn't even care to say bye to Jenette because she's jealous and envious of her that she's leaving. "I'm not upset because I'll miss you," mom said. "I'm upset because you get to go to New York and I'm stuck here. It's not fair." (237) I think the children at this point have all realized that their parents have failed to raise them properly with the love and shelter that they need, so that is why they are fleeing on their own. In my opinion this quote made me angry instantly. The fact that Jenette has something going for herself and her life and her own mother won't even say goodbye in the morning because she's jealous, what kind of mother does that? It made me feel sorry for these children because they are so used to getting treated with this kind of behaviour that it doesn't even really take affect to jenette. Jenette has never had someone who cares very deeply for her and she should at least know that what her mother said to her was pathetic on her part in ever way.
Rex and Rosemary have been negligent to they're children in terms of basic needs, but have taught them some good morals. They have not changed much but begin to realize that they have failed their children and let them down. instead of trying to fix and mend this problem with the children, they carry on they're negligent ways and Rex begins to destroy himself more with drinking and gambling. The children still love their parents and care for them but soon lose hope in them and realize they cannot provide for them.
This is the class blog for Mr. Bieronski's ENG 4CI class.