When describing the mountains in Educated, Tara often uses the a literary device called "personification," which means describing something nonhuman as human. Pay attention to how she describes the mountain through the changing seasons and the description of the Princess, a strong woman who stands in stark contrast to most of the women in the story. Describe that how the mountain serves as a symbol for home in the memoir.
The mountain serves as a symbol for home in Educated in that it reflects Tara's relationship with her family. Both the mountain terrain and Tara's family pose threats, as Tara suffers abuse from her brother. Additionally, the mountain represents the home Tara eventually creates for herself in the outside world, outside that of her family.
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