Jeannette Walls Character Analysis

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Through episodes of her life Jeannette Walls uses her dad’s courageousness and mental strongness to create her own cultural heritage. The reality of any family being poor can cause a major dent in a person’s future plans and dreams. Most would say dreaming is ambitious considering some people’s situations. The Wells’ family are unfortunately poor which would destroy one’s hopes and dreams. The character of Rex Walls disproves the stereotype by communicating to his children his dreams and aspirations. In addition, Rex Walls talks to his children about what he would like to do in the future when Jeanette says, “When Dad wasn't telling us about all the amazing things he had already done, he was telling us about the wondrous things he was going to do. Like build the Glass …show more content…
One lesson any adult learned through their lives is to face their fears. Jeanette faces many of her fears with her father's influence of having a strong mind. For example, Rex Walls talks to their neighbor about Jeanette's accident with fire, and when the neighbor reacted to Jeanette not fearing the bonfire she had lit Rex said, “ Why the hell would she?’ Dad bellowed with a proud grin. ‘She already fought the fire once and won.”(Walls 15) Rex’s influence is already present when Jeannette does not shy away from the fire after she was burned earlier. She faced her fear of the fire by being fascinated by it. Her parents did not stop her from messing with the fire at the possibility of her getting caught on fire and burned again. Rex Walls’ lack of interruption with Jeanette's fascination with fire lets her learn from her mistakes. Her mind had grown stronger from learning from her mistakes such as the fire and her burns. Rex Walls as Jeanette’s father stands as an important character for forming her own opinions and culture. His stance as a father figure let's Jeanette get inspired by someone she looks up