Educated: A Memoir Themes

Tara Westover
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Memory

Tara’s commitment to portraying the most accurate version of events leads her to be transparent about the nature of memory. Tara expresses when she is remembering something significant about her past, taking the reader deep into the memory by shifting tense to the present. The reader is aware that they are looking through her scope, and even more so when she is transparent about discussing the events she remembers with other family members. Their differences reveal that no matter what happened, the event lives differently in each sibling’s memory. The reader has the privilege of learning how this string of subjective memories creates the person Tara grows to be.

Tara showcases how memory can shift in retrospect based on personal interpretation. After Audrey falsely claims that Tara provokes her to come forward about Shawn, Tara can no longer look fondly upon childhood memories of her. Once...

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