|—||This quote is obviously verbal irony. It’s obvious that she is her mother. This is a response to when the nurse at the hospital Jeanette is treated at for suffering from burns, gives her gum. Mom strongly dislikes such vulgar behavior. She calls it a disgusting low-class habit. It is ironic because of course your mother s going to have a say in how you are raised, SHE GAVE YOU BIRTH!|
|—||This is pretty much were it all begins. In some random Arizona trailer park the Walls’ were beginning their life. In an environment such as this you can already see where the absence of technology takes part in their life. Living in a trailer park usually, USUALLY doesn’t entitle, video games, computers or telephones. You can really see how even with Jeannette, she was used to not having so much even though she did acknowledge were she was from and how many other kids had things she didn’t and at the time thought she never would. This setting in the story is the basis of her whole life. It sets the bar for what the family is founded upon.|
The Glass Castle, bask in its glory. TGC symbolizes dreams, hopes and aspiration. This whole book was written as a sort of memoir. It starts off with focusing on how their meaning their journey in life was to build the glass castle. They dreamed of it and the children hoped everyday for construction to begin. It was something they all wanted and really thought would happen. However even though it symbolized all these wonderful things, mainly in part because of Dad, it was not realized. It was a symbol of their future which just never happened.
This part of the book is a representation of foreshadowing. On Pg. 18, Jeannette says “We could live like this forever,” to which Lori replies, “I think we’re going to”. In truth they do not spend they’re whole lives in the desert but, they spend a great chunk of it there. Their childhood was spent sleeping in weird, broken down places and it did look like they were going to live like that forever. This was all true until they got to Welch and Lori and Jeannette devised a plan to leave to New York. So the foreshadowing was a short foreshadowing but as you can see it was still all true.
This song by Katy Perry is a clear image of situational irony for the Walls family. In the book just like in the video, they don’t really have money. However, when they are lucky enough to “cash-out” they get a surplus of money. The ironic thing is that when they do eventually get money, they get A LOT but they only have it for a short amount of time. This is exactly what you see in the video, they get what seems like millions of dollars and in the days following or in the same night actually its all gone.
This song by Elvis perfectly describes the environment in Las Vegas at the time the Walls’ moved in. It was a city full of wonder. Casino’s were stories high and as big as football stadiums. Jeanette actually liked Vegas in which they lived for only about a month. She and Brian would play hide and seek in and about the slot machines. While Jeannette admired the showgirls with their long legs and elaborate costumes, Dad was off winning money in blackjack. Vegas was probably one of the best cities they lived in as a family. They had a steady income and it was a city big enough for them to never get bored. This is all transmitted in the songs lyrics which describe an elaborate world filled with money, showgirls, and casinos.
|—||This quote of the event that happened that day in San Francisco symbolizes the tough life Jeannette had. Actually, it represents more of the obstacles she faced in her life, especially with the fire. The fire was something that was always in her way preventing her from moving forward. In the beginning of the story when she is cooking, her life would have gone on “normally” had it not been for the fire. This fire was a great set-back. She was away from home for a while and she was in an alien environment. Also when the fire struck at the hotel she was burdened by the thought of if the fire was really out to get her. The fire in the quote symbolizes the obstacles and challenges she had to face in regards towards the fire.|
This photo symbolizes a theme which is discussed more than once in the book. This throwing of the fire into the toilet just as it grows in power (which is explained on Pg.33) gives you the theme of how maturity no matter the situation develops in life. Jeannette wants to feel that she is in control. She wants to feel like she is the “all powerful” one like her parents. She makes sure to extinguish the fire just before it looks like it is going to overpower. Jeannette becomes exceedingly mature throughout the book, especially when it comes to her interacting with the fire.
This video communicates the simile Dad uses in the book about bats. “But I loved those ugly little bats, the way the darted past, their wings in a furious blur, says Jeannette. Dad explained how they had sonar detectors like the ones in nuclear submarines.” This simile explains how the bats echolocation hearing is just as amazing as that of a nuclear submarines. In the song we see a demonstration of a bats echolocation and just how much it resembles a submarines echo-locator. It is a simile because it is giving you an example of what it is similar to and uses the word “like”.
This song symbolizes the “star” Jeannette received one year for Christmas. The star in the book symbolizes the hope, and the love that she and her dad share. In the book it is easy to see that Jeannette has the closest bond with her dad. By giving her a star he is giving her a symbol of their love. As this song shows, the star is also a symbol of hope. Because the star she received (well she actually picked it out) is actually Venus, we use quotation marks. The star is a symbol of hope for the future because the present time for her at that time wasn’t so great.