Like Father, Like Daughter

1199 WordsDec 3, 20135 Pages
Like Father, Like Daughter Let's face it; there comes a time in life when teenagers cannot stand their parents. Arguments ensue, many things that should never be said are spoken aloud, and the teenagers think that they have nothing in common with their parents. However, when Sarah Vowell shares her experience in the essay “Shooting Dad,” she gives the audience a complete, retrospective look at her teenage feuds, which contrasts her relationship with her father today. Vowell uses her past experiences with her father in order to emphasize the strong bond that they both now have, while acknowledging that even though teenagers may clash with their parents over their beliefs or hobbies, they will still have something, be it mannerisms or…show more content…
Both areas are described as “messy disaster areas,” each with navigable mazes designed with each person's objects of interest, while the walls boasted even more paraphernalia (Vowell, 2-3). In doing this, Vowell lets the reader catch on to one of the more subtle resemblances that she shares with her father: their mannerisms. She portrays this a couple more times, in that both are stubborn and stick firmly to their opinions, before she has a revelation. In the woods, two hikers look at her equipment in the same fashion that others look at her father's handiwork (Vowell, 7). Here, Vowell realizes that she carries the same sort of personality and mannerisms that her father has, allowing her to look past many differences and become an ally to her father, rather than constant opposition. This common ground is what led Vowell to agree to her father's final plan. In finding common ground with her father, Vowell explains how this newfound neutrality has enabled her to agree to her father's final work of art. When Vowell explains about the cannon, and why she finds it tolerable, she says, “I can get behind the cannon because...It's unwieldy and impractical, just like everything else I care about” (Vowell, 8). In bringing father and daughter together for one common pastime, this cannon is essentially the essence of Vowell and her father's relationship in that it symbolizes
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