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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant - Review.

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Course Information AK/ENGL 1920 6.0Z Course Director: Marilou McKenna Course Tutor: Tilak Banerjee Essay #1 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Number of Pages: Due: Thursday May 27, 2004 Student Information Cook, Sarah 205388095 (905) 840-1578 skcook@yorku.ca 28 Colleyville Street Brampton, ON L7A 1H7 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Everyone's judgment of someone depends on what they know about that person. Therefore, it is invaluable to have multiple opinions in relation to that person. In her novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler allows the reader to know what the characters distinctly think about events come and gone, and about their relationships with one another. In each chapter of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, one of the main characters expresses their own point of view. As a result of putting the different points of view together, it is possible to come up with an accurate assessment of what has really happened. These multiple viewpoints allow the reader to develop sympathy for some characters, while developing concern for others in terms of their success. Pearl Tull is the mother of Cody, Ezra and Jenny in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. She is extremely independent and resourceful. ...read more.

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Cody, Pearl and Beck Tull's eldest son, is the least sympathetic character in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. A troubled childhood contributed to some horrible character traits such as meanness, greed, and jealousy concerning Ezra, their mother's favorite child. Ever since Cody accidentally shoots his mother with an arrow when Ezra interferes with his aim, the competition between Cody and Ezra grows. Cody emerges into an endless series of sneaky tricks to get Ezra in trouble. Ezra remains unconscious for the most part to the practical jokes played on him by his brother. When Pearl goes into one of her rampages, Cody attempts to protect the younger children from Pearl's violence. Cody repeatedly tried to win the maternal warmth that he already had for many years as Pearl feels affection towards Cody but does not often show it very well. Later, Cody buys a farmhouse and imagines settling in with his family, something he never does in reality. Nothing seems to bring much happiness to Cody, and he remains guilt-ridden, angry, and confused about his motivations until the last chapter of the novel when he confronts his father who left him more than thirty years ago. ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, multiple viewpoints allow the reader to see what has happened to the characters in the novel from different perspectives. Multiple viewpoints also allow the reader to develop certain amounts of sympathy for some characters while developing concern for others in terms of their success. In the novel, Pearl has a hard time dealing with trying to raise her three children without a father, ever since her husband Beck decided he no longer wanted to be married. Ezra is a character that never leaves home, and he is the only character in the novel that tries to keep the family together by hosting family dinners at his restaurant, which never seems to happen except for the final dinner after Pearl dies. Cody is rather distraught after his father leaves, and never seems to overcome the guilt. He partly reconciles with his bad behavior, history of hurt, and anger when he comes face to face with his father. After reading this book, and hearing the story from different perspectives, it makes me feel concern for all of the characters because it appears as though they have come out all right considering what they have been through throughout their lives. I think that by the end of the novel they all learned to come together as a family. ...read more.

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