"Arm Wrestling with My Father" by Brad Manning and "Shooting Dad" by Sarah Vowell

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After analyzing each story, I believe that Brad Manning’s “Arm Wrestling with My Father” wins over Sarah Vowell’s “Shooting Dad” in terms of sharing with the readers about his relationship with his father more vividly. Brad Manning’s “Arm Wrestling with My Father” is about a father and son relationship which takes us not only around the physical aspect of the family but also the dynamics of psychological effects on the family...
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In the opening scene, we were presented by the idea of a whole “predator and prey” situation where Manning’s father was the dominant being. This takes place after a match of arm wrestling between Manning and his dad and having himself lose in the end. “…I always had to lose” (BM 126) refers to the fact that he had never won a single match of him against his father in his whole entire life...
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