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In Stephanie Vaughns narrative Able Baker Charlie Dog the title is a controlling metaphor for the fathers mentality on life He believes if he lives in a precise and perfect manner mimicking the meticulousness of the phonetic alphabet his life will be perfect However in a moment of imprecision he loses his perfect life In the events thereafter his inability to adjust his manner and adapt to a new life cause him to fail Ultimately the father thinks he can create an ideal life by living by a code and ignores the fact that life requires one to make exceptions in specific circumstances Gemma sees her father exemplifying a calculated life He always walks home via the most mathematically efficient path in a diagonal that would cut the parade ground into perfect triangles 612 despite raging snowstorms When on of the billowing gusts veers him off of his path and he can only wonder naively exactly where he miscalculated the velocities how he misjudged the vectors 613 Through his actions Gemmas father implies that life is perfect and can be predicted and if he acts in a deliberate and exact way he will obtain the expected outcome Furthermore at the dinner table Gemmas father mandates strict rules in attempt to instill his idea of perfection into his daughter Gemma is not allowed to eat while she is talking or others are speaking to her This indeed is very proper etiquette however she never gets to eat a hot meal 613 because her father is constantly lecturing about the use of semicolons and periods in her speech Gemmas father is so familiar with the exacting rules of the army that he cannot see when they are unneeded and refuses to adjust his practices at home The father uses this military alphabet to avoid emotions and the real world He also tries to teach Gemma this precision and control While facing a typhoon in
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