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Ezra is always the weak one in his mothers eyes in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Ezra is the youngest and the one who needed his mothers protection Unfortunately in this work by Anne Tyler Pearl never releases this parental grip This behavior stems from Pearls need to be wanted and loved by someone while always being needed in the world This causes two main problems for Ezra he had a need to show his mother that he is finally mature enough not to need her as a guardian while concurrently having a deep seeded resentment of her Pearl sees Ezra as her little baby and always rushes to his aid warranted or not Monopoly was a game of choice in the Tull household and Pearl believed that Cody cheated constantly at it He may or may not have cheated that is not the issue Pearl always rescues Ezra from his unfair brother and corrects Cody The cheating is a harmless behavior for Cody and Ezra stands a valuable lesson of awareness and independence However he is never allowed to experience this which is clearly detrimental to Ezras development Ezra does many things to indirectly convince his mother to let go of him Ezra takes a job to equally connivence himself and his mother that he can make something of himself He starts as a salad chef quietly cutting vegetables all day He quickly advances through the kitchen and is somewhat adopted by the owner Ezra consciously or unconsciously uses his connection to the owner to show his mother that if nothing else he has someone else to care for him and Pearl may let go This never truly gets through to Pearl Ezra has a covert resentment to his mother Ezra tentatively befriends a probable mildly retorted boy As he becomes aware of Pearls feelings about his choice only makes his friendship closer Pearl will not tolerate this behavior of association from the
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