By chapter 22 of Educated, Westover writes that her life was often “narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.” What is the significance of this realization?

In Educated, Tara Westover's finding her own voice represents the ability to finally see past the overwhelming influence of the rest of the Westover family. This is what allows her to hone in on her own needs and motivations for the first time and to build a life for herself outside their influence. In what ways can readers relate?

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In Educated, Tara's realization that she has a voice of her own signifies her mental and emotional emancipation from her family.

Throughout much of the narrative, she's told by her parents and the rest of the Westover family exactly what her life should look like. Gene and Faye tell her how she's allowed to live, what she should want, what she shouldn't want, and what she should believe. Through his abuse, Shawn tells her something even more insidious—that her safety is less important than his ability to feel powerful. By siding with her brother when she confronts them, her family affirms this assertion.


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