Shooting Dad

May 21, 2009
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In the essay “Shooting Dad” (2000), Sarah Vowell argues that her dad’s involvement involvement with guns is an accessory to “Satan”, but she later finds that his hobby is “just really, really cool” (156). Vowell uses first person point of view and intricate imagery to describe her fathers work transforming from “just weird” to “really cool” (156). The author uses her and her father’s opposing fixations in order to show that both are “smart-alecky loners with goofy projects and weird equipment”, only with different interests (157). The audience is everyone because everyone has a father and a relationship or lack-there-of, respectively.

Vowell, Sarah. “Shooting Dad”. The Bedford Reader. Ed. X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M.
Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron. 9th Ed. Boston: Bedford, 2006. 152-158.

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