Christopher's Relationship With His Father

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c In addition Christopher takes the news of his mother’s death, fairly well, with showing no emotion. Instead of showing emotion Christopher, like he normally does, supplies a logical analysis and explanation for the situation. A child who suffers with autism accepts scenarios rather than coping through emotional reactions. Autistic people do this to prevent themselves from wasting time trying to reason through something with emotion, because it is something that they already understand. However, Christopher accepts that not everything in life can be explained. “And she said that was like life, and not all murders were solved and not all murderers were caught” (Haddon 67). Throughout the book Mark Haddon makes it very obvious, to the audience, …show more content…
This characteristic is mainly important in his relationship with his father. In the beginning of the story, Christopher had a strong relationship with his father because he relied on Father for care giving and positive attention. After Father admits to killing Mrs.Shears’s dog, Christopher realizes that he will not be able to trust Father again. The readers can figure this out from when Christopher says, “[...] he could murder me, because I couldn’t trust him, even though he had said ‘Trust me’,‟ because he had told a lie about a big thing” (Haddon 122). To Christopher, being lied to is unforgivable. Throughout the rest of the novel, it is clear to see that Father’s lies were to protect Christopher, but ended up ruining their …show more content…
Christopher often says he has a “purely logical” view on life and he is proud of that, because he only likes to think with logic, “I said that I liked things to be in a nice order. And one way of things being in a nice order was to be logical” (Haddon 24). If Christopher can’t use logic to figure something out or finds it hard to understand he often does not like that thing, “I do not like strangers because I do not like people I have never met before. They are hard to understand” (Haddon, 34). Christopher is also very good at math because he is quick to understand it and figure problems out. Although he does have intuition when it comes to math he still prefers to use logic, and he often compares that to life, “And intuition is what people use in life to make decisions. But logic can help you work out the right answer” (Haddon 65). Christopher does not believe in God, and does not believe that He created humanity because he assumes since God cannot be seen, God cannot be real. As a result of not bielving in God, Christopher’s only logical explanation for humanity is “And there is life on Earth because of an accident” (Haddon

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