Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover


Sharon Fleming

Chapter 13

In Chapter Thirteen, Westover provides an account of the events of September 11, 2001, following the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. She had never heard of the twin towers before they fell, and was bewildered at the high level of harm people were exposed following the terrorist attacks. Her father, after watching the events on television, went on to read Biblical scriptures about war and human sufferings. Specifically, he read passages from Isaiah, Luke, and the Book of Revelation. During Audrey’s wedding, he went as far as talking about the signs of the end of times, retained from the Book of Revelations that, “there will be a conflict, a final struggle for the Holy Land” (Westover 112). Thus, he associated the attacks on the twin towers with the end of time.


The events detailed in this chapter provide an opportune moment for Westover’s father to talk about the signs of the end of time. He was so keen on making those round him wake up to the idea that they were living through challenging times and needed to take heed of the end of the world that he would prophesize earnestly (Westover 115). During the wedding of his daughter, he saw an opportunity to make people learn about what was about to occur to them.

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