Sunday, September 30, 2007

Outside Reading Post #2

Post #2 pg. 42-102. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Ten Loaded Words:
  1. car (pg 46)- To me this is a loaded word because I will be getting my license in 4 days and a car is going to become an important thing in my life.
  2. Sun-bleached (pg. 51)- This word has a positive connotation because it remindes me of bleached out summer hair and going to the pool in the summer.
  3. Piano (pg 52)- Piano to me is a loaded word because it is something that I have played for 10 years now.
  4. Fools-gold (pg 59)- This word is a loaded word to me because my brother and I would always buy fools-gold at this little store when we would go to Beaver Creek, CO when we were little.
  5. Sulfer (pg 65)- This word has a negative connotation because it reminds me of the horrible smell.
  6. Drug-dealer (pg 73)- This word is a negative connotative word because it is a bad thing that is a big problem in our society today.
  7. Halloween (pg 74)- This word is positive connation because it is a very fun holiday that is coming up soon!
  8. Rape (pg 87)- This word has a strong negative connotation because of the fact it is a horrible thing.
  9. Gun (pg 89)- This is a loaded word because it is a super controversial word that can have both positive and negative connotations
  10. Gazillion (pg 100)- this word has so much uniqueness to it and emphasizes so much that it is a loaded word

This portion of the story starts off with the Wall's family living in Blythe, California. All 3 of the childred started school. As a result of Jeanette being very advanced educationally she was teased and called a teachers pet. She was beaten up numerous times on her was to and from school. Also Mrs. Walls has a baby and names it Lilly Ruth Maureen. Rex Wall's soon decides that it was time to pack up and leave again. So the family rented a U-Haul and left Blythe.
The next stop for the Walls' family was the Battle Mountains in Nevada. Rex brought them there in hopes of prospecting the gold. The town was small but they found a nice place to stay. The family gets accustomed with the new hometown. The kids explore the desert while Mrs. Walls continues painting and Rex works as an electrician in a mine. The neighborhood was filled with kids and the Walls kids met many friends. They liked their new home although the budget was extremely tight. The next couple of chapters are descriptive of the days of the Walls' family not containing and exciting or unusual happenings. The kids get to know the 'employees' of the Green Lantern, which was an unwritten whore house. An important event in Jeanette's life was when she learned to swim. Things got difficult for the Walls family a few times throughout this portion of the story. They went for days without a solid meal. Mrs. Walls got herself a job as a teacher to gain more income for the family. This extra money helped the family out a lot. Also in this part of the book Jeanette meets Billy Deel. This boy is eight just like Jeanette at the time and claimes Jeanette to being his girlfriend. Jeanette isn't so sure about this but goes along with it until Billy comes close to 'raping' her. After the incident Jeanette told Billy that she was no longer going to be called his girlfriend. That night Billy came her her house and started shooting a BB gun at her house. In self-defense Jeanette's older sister shot back with her father's pistol. The police came and this resulted in another move for the Walls' family. The family moved into Mrs. Wall's dead mother's house in Pheonix, Arizona. It was the biggest house the family had ever lived in and came with beds, a grand piano, and a counted 14 rooms. Rex got a job as an electrician and the income for the family was good. The family now has enough money for luxerys they couldn't afford before.

I think the story is getting a little repetitive with all of the moving to different places. Its the same ideas just in different parts of the western united states. Although there are some exciting parts they last for a very short time and then it is just filler in stuff until the next somewhat exciting part. Hopefully something more dramatic will happen for the next part!

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