The Glass Castle is a memoir of Jeannette's life growing up and her upbringing in a poverty-stricken and dysfunctional family. My research began by re-reading the book I had to choose, but as I read it, I took note of the book's tone and how the book's plot carried through. Doing so helped me to begin to visualize the book analytically. During my exploration of the book, I came across a quote Jeannette's father told her once, "If you don't want to sink, you better learn how to swim". This is the quote that I based the theme of my visualization on, as I found resonated with many different parts of the book. Throughout Jeannette's life, she had to teach herself many things that most children wouldn't have to. Things like cooking hotdogs at the young age of 3 or fending off sexual advances from various men in her life. In these situations, if she hadn't taken things into her own hands, she would sink, but when she swam and fought her way up, Jeanette would rise to the surface.
A map of the characters in the book and their relationship with to each other.
Screenshot of key events I took from the book.
The beginnings of the timeline mapped out.
Initial sketches exploring different ways to illustrate a timeline and character map.
More sketches exploring different ways to illustrate a timeline and character map.
Screenshots showing the process of creating the timeline for the book.
Screenshots showing the process of creating the character relationship map.
The first visual is the horizontal timeline of events from Jeannette's life.
The second visualization provides another more in-depth horizontal timeline of the characters