The Places: Nevada (numerous little towns including Blythe and Battle Mountain
plus Las Vegas); San Francisco, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Welch, West
Virginia; and New York City
The time: from approximately 1957 to 2005.
She is the narrator and main character of the story. She tells the events of her life living with neglectful and yet loving parents.
He is Jeannette’s alcoholic father who manipulates and uses his wife and his children for his own needs and yet never stops loving them and hoping they love him.
Rose Mary Walls
She is the selfish mother of the family who brings her own baggage with her and passes it on to her children. She also loves her family but only after her own needs are met.
She is the oldest child of the family, but isn’t the one who dominates. She is smart and loving, but without Jeannette, hasn’t the courage to escape the life she hates.
He is the boy of the Walls siblings and learns very young how to protect his sisters. He grows up to be a protector as well when he becomes a police officer.
She is the most fragile of the children and spends all her life looking for someone to take care of her.
Erma. Ted, and Stanley Walls
These characters are Rex Walls’ mother, father and brother. They are racists and have bad attitudes about nearly everything. Stanley tries to rape Jeannette at one point.
She is the young black girl from Welch who first allows her gang to beat up Jeannette and then calls them off when she sees Jeannette in a different light.
She is Jeannette’s favorite teacher who not only encouraged her dad to be a writer, but also supports and guides Jeannette.
Although she doesn’t appear very much in the story, she is one of the individuals in Jeannette’s life who has a great influence on her.
Ginnie Sue Pastor
She is the town whore in Welch and teaches Jeannette a great deal in one visit to her home about the realities of life and what you are willing to do to put food on the table.
He is Jeannette’s second husband who helps her find her real place in life and readily accepts her family with all their imperfections.
Cite this page:
Clapsaddle, Diane. "TheBestNotes on The Glass Castle".
varLocale = SetLocale(2057)
file = Request.ServerVariables("PATH_TRANSLATED")
Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set f = fs.GetFile(file)
LastModified = f.datelastmodified
response.write FormatDateTime(LastModified, 1)
Set f = Nothing
Set fs = Nothing