The Glass Castle Project



Throughout the book, Jeannette, and her sisters, and brother were taught by there father about being fearless out wherever they traveled. The children were oblivious of dangers and calmly resolute in facing them. As they went through a lot being homeless ,and living in boxes the kids weren't afraid. They were really brave and sticking together as brother and sisters when problems came up in there father. For example when the family were living with there dads mother and Jeannette had got jumped in school she didn't change she kept going not holding grudges or being scared she just took the fights, and when they moved in there own place in Welch and the little boy was bullying Jeannette and her brother Brian they set up a plan to get them back they never gave up or were scared of anyone as Rex Walls taught them.


The most important theme in this novel is forgiveness. Throughout the unfolding of the story, the characters come to a truce with the concept of forgiving each other. Mom and Dad neglected their children in so many ways, and should be punished, but their children also need to understand that forgiveness is for themselves as well for their parents. For example when Jeannette asked her dad to stop drinking and he started again she can't really just hold no grudge on her dad all she can do is forgive him, because she knows he needs help and is addicted to it.

The Plot


At the beginning of the novel, Jeannette Walls is riding in a taxi in New York City, on her way to a event, when she looks out the window and see's her mother digging through trash. Although her mom has been homeless for years, Jeannette feels a sudden sense of shame and gloom about her mothers life.

Rising Action

The family settle down in a small mining town, Battle Mountain, Nevada, for a few months and Jeannette and Brian spend countless hours exploring the desert. Mom takes a break from her art projects to hold down a job as a teacher to extend their stay. A minor altercation with the law enforcement makes the family pack up and move to phoenix.

In Phoenix, moms house is large has a yard and the kids enroll in school. Dad is able to keep a steady job as electrician for awhile, but something comes up again so they decide to go stay in Welch with their grandma (dads mom).

Welch turns out being the most depressing. The town is more impoverished, segregated, and does not welcome newcomers, mom and dad buy a shack on top of the hill for them to live in.


Jeannette's grandma dies which is her dads mom, and his drinking gets worse, the kids are more often hungry, their mother don't want a job but gets one as a teacher and don't keep it for long, but when she was getting her checks the dad was taken it all the time, and he was never really home. He started being abusive towards the mom, and the mom didn't really care about providing for her kids.

Falling Action

As the kids were getting older and more independent Lori and Jeannette decided to make a escape plan so they could get away from Welch, and live more better.The plan was that Lori will move to New York City when she graduates and Jeannette will follow her there, and when Brian and Maureen get out of school and graduate they were gonna bring them there to.


The girls accomplish their goal, and when they got to New York City, Jeannette and Lori lived together. Jeannette found herself a job, as Lori had already had a job. Thereafter, a couple of months Brian came to New York City, found himself a job, and got married. Maureen came to New York City, and lived with Lori. Also, mom and dad had came to New York City, Jeannette had got married, and dad ended up dieing and mom stayed being homeless.


Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls was the voice of the Glass Castle, and the main character. The way her life is with her parents she motivates herself to be better than them, and to be something more in life. The significant thing about Jeannette is that she moved to New York City, and became successful, and married.

Rex Walls

Rex Walls the father of Jeannette, Lori, Brian, Maureen, and the husband of Rose Mary Walls. He was the 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 too.

Rose Mary Walls

Rose Mary Walls is the selfish mother of the family who brings her own baggage with her and passes it on to her children. She loves her family but after her own needs are met.


This is where the family settles into a building that once was a railroad depot. Jeannette started second grade here, and her dad wasn't drinking all the time after work, her mom had got a job as a teacher they were living good making good money.  

They also, lived in Phoenix, AZ in a nice big house that had nice fancy furniture, 14 rooms, a piano, a front and backyard, but Jeannette's dad starts drinking again badly, he couldn't keep a job here. They had homeless people who would try and go into there house at night. They had a bug infestation in there house that they couldn't get rid of.

Last but not least, they lived in Welch, West Virginia in a little house on a hill. Where the children spent their school year and graduated from. This is basically where the family had the most hard times at with the leak in there house, kids getting bullied, and in fights, where neither mom or dad worked.

Important Quotes

1. "Most important thing in life is learning how to fall". This quote I can truly say goes with this novel is because the walls family went through a lot and even though they failed sometimes they ended up making it through successful well the kids I must say. This quote shows that you can still make it in life no matter what just don't give up.

2. "If you don't want to sink then you better learn how to swim". I also think this quote goes with the novel because even though Jeannette had so many ups and downs she always figured out a way to get back on track and try to improve herself and her family, she never gave up she knew she didn't wanna be like her parents, and she said she wasn't and as she got older she made plans and succeeded  

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