In the book Tangerine what does Mom have to do at the high school?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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The amount of control Paul's mother exerts is amazing!  The irony is, through all of her control, she still is (ultimately) a liar. Paul's mother "invades" the school for three reasons:

  • To insist that the time for sports practice be changed
  • To insist that Paul's IEP is in force at the new school (due to his blindness)
  • To insist that Paul leave the soccer team.

Everything about this woman makes me cringe. She hears that lightning has struck the practice field and, in fake concern for the players, demands the time be changed for practice. The definition of control! Paul's mom doesn't want to have to go through the trouble of defining his IEP (Individualized Education Plan) again. Why? He is NOT the favorite son! So, she insists his old one be transferred. The definition of control! Finally, she takes Paul's very favorite thing away: soccer. Due to his disability, the insurance won't cover him to play. She initially makes sure that paperwork shows he's disabled so that he can't play. Again, the definition of control!

It shouldn't surprise the reader, then, to find that this mother has hidden the fact that her other, favorite son, Erik is actually mentally ill (and has been for a long time). ERIK is the one who injured Paul's eyes by encouraging a "friend" to spray paint into them!  Paul's mother KNEW this and lied to Paul his entire young life.

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