Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 16

In Chapter Sixteen, Westover provides an account of an altercation that took place between her father and Shawn. Her father shouted at Shawn telling him that he was lazy for waking up late and not doing enough to ensure that the mainframe welding project was progressing as was expected. Shawn chose to stop working, took off his gloves, got into the pickup truck and drove off, “leaving Dad to shout at the dust” (Westover 142). While Shawn had deep respect for his father, he was not impressed with his guidance. The work environment was already harsh, so his father’s constant scolding was all the more demotivating.


Shawn was fully aware that he could not choose to fight against his father. However, he ensured that he would run away from the situation (Westover 144). This would help reduce any further altercation that was likely to occur between the two of them. This shows how Shawn both respected his father and, at the same time, recognized the limitations of being guided by him.

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