Shooting Dad By Sarah Vowell Analysis

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 "Shooting Dad" By Sarah Vowell This was an interesting essay to read, but mainly for personal reasons. I enjoyed her expressions and extreme views that were being released on behalf of her younger self who had since become her older self. Though grown up, she still was able to stay truthful to her beliefs as a kid, attempting correct judgment and individuality while being raised by her father, someone she saw as, let's say, faulted. The personal reasons I mentioned were based on the fact that I could relate to this character very well. The "oh my god, my dad and I are the same person" thing probably happens to most daughters raised by fathers they think they hate. This can be a turbulent event for some people,…show more content…
Shooting Dad by Sarah Vowell Sarah Vowell, the author of Shooting Dad faces the struggle of a relationship with her father due to his extreme admiration for firearms. Vowell, although allowed to voice her own opinion on politics and beliefs (she is a democrat and father is a republican) has a hard time relating to her fathers view points. She loves the arts, he loves guns. Vowell noticed even more of a seperation from her father when she watched her twin sister follow her fathers passion for guns. Vowell remembers her experience with guns as a child. Her father taught her and her sister at the young age of 6 to hold and shoot a gun. She states that "holding the pistol made me feel small" and that guns were not for her. She describes the experience not as traumatizing but as a lesson…show more content…
They share a mutual respect and understanding enabling them to exist together harmoniously. In other words they are compatible. Throughout her adolesant years, Sarah Vowell was her father’s ideal antagonist. They shared none of the same interests or hobbies. Her room was littered with musical instruments, albums, and Democratic campaign posters while her father’s, a avid gunsmith, was strewn with metallic shavings and Republican party posters. But amongst all this conflict Vowell found that they had more in common than with each other than either of them realized. What they shared was a common passion, a certain dedication to their respective

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