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The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle
Jeannette has been portrayed in this article as a very happy and curious young girl. She is loving
and caring with the ability to cope up in any given situation that the family got into in their
pursuit of a better and prosperous life. Having had a chance to live in different environments any
different meeting people with distinct personalities, she was able to develop the social skills that
turn out to be essential not only to her life but also the family as well.
The ability to socialize with anyone in the environment she ever lived made her develop the
survival skills despite the challenges the family had. With her social expectations high above the
hindrances in the society, she was able to live a focused and objective life with an anticipation
that things would eventually work out for the family and herself as well.
The moving up and down of the family with some reasons of Jeannette’s dad being tracked down
by the FBI made Jeannette harden and learn various survival tactics wherever they went. For
instance, in areas where they went to seek some rental houses, the inhabitants of these places had
a social life of gambling, corning others among others intolerable social behaviors.
In both cases, the children got themselves in the society in the social zone that was initiated by
the struggles that the families went through on the verge of trying to live a better life. The
hardship these children are exposed to enable them to try and find friends irrespective of the
environment they kept changing.
In the two situations, the social environment was close to the children’s homes and in an
informal social setting which is different from those that socialize informal environments like the
schools and other social institutions.
In the Zastrow’s case, thein interaction between children took place in a particular social setting
whereas Jeannette’s experience the social environment was not defined (Zastrow, 2013). The
environment kept changing according to their up and down movement.
The Walls family is composed of the children the parents and to some extent the grandparents.
They tend to work progressively together to achieve a common goal. In most cases, the dad has
been the decision maker and determines who does what, how and when in a systemic manner.
The form of communication initiated is based on a central point in which the decisions are made
and passed down to the rest of the family members, and an action is taken irrespective of what
the family feels about the latter.
A real family as described by Zastrow is the one that does not relent on its pursuit to do what is
right for the best of the society through proper utilization of the available resources. No matter
the challenges that might be experienced, the adequate interaction will yield a socially moral and
developed environment. A positive family makes decisions that would ensure everyone gains
and that the parents can provide for their children.
The constructivist theory is applicable because, through perceptions and experiences that are
real, children can learn different social values in the community. For instance, Jeannette’s family
keeps on moving up and down in pursuit of better lives based on the experiences the family went
through, running away from the FBI.
Her first days in school were faced with a lot of challenges because of alienation of the peers.
Those that were new in school hardly had friends from the first days. However, this changes with
time as more groups of students in the schools are formed (Walls, 2017).
Through the grouping of the students, rivalry arises and leads to bullying as well as determining
how these students intend to play with one another. However, wherever these challenges are
noticed by the teacher he or she ought to ensure students coexist well both t school and home.
Jeannette’s experience is well described by the psychological maltreatment. At a very tender age,
she is exposed to adverse conditions and an up and down movement which leaves her
questioning the dad why they have to do this. Her dad’s pistol also leaves her psychologically
disturbed asking herself lots of questions as to why the FBI was after her dad.
The events that influenced Jeannette were the desire to achieve something different and ability to
socialize with people in the society. To change the way things were run in the family as well as
being to be able to look up to the peers and role models who would impact her positively. The
desire to go to school was one of the events that influenced her life the development stage.
The family can remain united despite the difficulties they face as a family. They at the same time
defend themselves together, and the dad plays a role in ensuring their peace within the family,
and every person is secure. On the contrary, they are limited by the level of illiterate and prone to
drugs and substance abuse
The conflict concept describes the causes of poverty in the Walls family. This is amplified by the
conflicts that arose in the family. As a result, domestic violence and alcohol consumption. The
dad does little to help the family get out of poverty thus leaving the family dissatisfied and with a
lot of disharmony within the family.
Homelessness is a result of social service programs and the failure to create an economic base or
opportunities to not only the poor but also the entire community.
The family could not be termed as inferior, but whatever that exist in their minds is just the
perception. The family spends a lot of time and resources to run up and down rather than settling
down and focus on eradicating poverty.
Substance abuse and illiteracy are had also contributed to poor decision making and laxity in
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