Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 9

Chapter Nine describes events that occurred in 1999, a year in which Westover’s father always said that the world would come to an end as it was right before the start of the new Millennium. Westover’s father was not happy with the various advancements in technology that existed at this time. For instance, he was not pleased with improvements which had occurred in the information technology industry suggesting that “…computer systems all over the world would fail” (Westover 84). He also believed technological advancements in the world at that time were against his religious beliefs and thus was adamant that judgment was coming for all people. He also believed that when judgment day comes, there would be no telephones or electricity and people would lack the opportunity to communicate with one another effectively in the way they are used to. He referred to this period as Y2K. As a self-declared prophet, her father claimed a great famine was about to take over the world and people needed to invest in strong locks to protect their stores. He specifically advised Papa Jay, a local gas attendant, to lock the gas station and the defensive weaponry stating that they would be the first places to be looted when the famine finally hit.


This chapter mostly focuses on Westover’s father and the religious beliefs he held. Westover’s father seems to be carried away by his personal views which he believes are a direct message from God (Westover 87). Most people around him regarded these beliefs as ridiculous, and they stopped taking him seriously. For instance, people could not believe his views about the failing of computer systems and power outage which he suggested would come during judgment day by the end of 1999.

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