Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover

by

Sharon Fleming

Chapter 23
Summary

This chapter recounts the experiences that Westover had after returning to BYU (Brigham Young University). A man from Church asked her out for dinner and a few days later, another man, also from Church, asked her out. Both times, she refused. Westover explains how she was adamant about avoiding any love affairs with people from church. The men who approached her were polite and warm, but she was not interested in any of them. She states that “I didn’t want either of them anywhere near me” (Westover 198). The Bishop, for instance, talked to her about marriage, but she was not interested in it. She could not stand being near any man because she was brought up knowing that being close to a man was a sin and she could not withstand doing so with the men who approached her in church. Although she wished to get married and have children, she felt it would be quite difficult for this to happen.

Analysis

This chapter presents Westover as a woman who had a negative perception about men and relationships. Although Westover knew that she needed to adjust to the way of life, including thinking about how she could get married and have a family one day, it was not easy for her because of how she was raised (Westover 203). The fact that her father and brother Shawn were strict towards her was also a contributing factor to her negative perception about men and relationships.

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