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Shooting Dad Essay

The First Amendment to the Constitution aims to protect from making laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The Second Ammendment aims to protect the right to keep and bear arms. It makes sense that Vowell’s favorite is the First because she believes that even within her own family that she deserves the right to make her own decisions and be her own person. It also makes sense that her father’s favorite is the Second because his favorite hobby and his career revolve around guns; and he most likely believes in his right to own a gun.

Vowell is a very fascinating story-teller as she needs to be for radio. When telling a story she incorporates drama and imagery in her descprition to keep listeners interested. Using comparisons to real life obstacles within her stories, Vowell helps the reader relate to her stories to keep interest as well. Both essays, “The Inheritance of Tools” and “Shooting Dad” are concerned with the subject of a relationship between father and child. In Sanders’ piece, the father-son relationship is very positive and centered around a shared interest in carpentry. In Vowell’s piece, the father-daughter relationship described is more negative and centered around a disagreement between the father and his daughter. It is significant that both essays end with the idea of death of the father. This ending will show the father-child the relationship most by looking at how the child reacts to the idea of their father dying. In both essays you can see how much the child loves and respects their father no matter what differences they may have had.

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