A Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Character Analysis

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There are different ways to respond to conflict, there are those who learn from hardship, and those who use their experiences to achieve a greater purpose. There are others who avoid struggle and live with a sense of uncertainty. Additionally, there are those who face conflict and are unable to change their predicament, however they find a way to survive and learn from the past. People react to conflict in a variety of ways, all of which have a direct impact on their lives. In Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the protagonist Christopher grows up in a world that is uncomfortable for him. Internal conflict can result in personal growth and a foundation of increased self-worth. Among his many fears, is interacting …show more content…
He deals with his inner conflict of jealousy and competitiveness towards his friend Phineas. The insecurity that Gene feels is heightened by his relationship with Finny, who is seemingly good at everything. Gene lacks the same athletic ability and outgoing personality that makes Finny so unique. His response to these feelings causes him to initiate an action that he will forever regret, “Holding firmly to the trunk, I took a step toward him, and then my knees bent and I jounced the limb” (59-60). After the accident, Gene could never face the responsibility of the pain he caused. Later, when he understands that, “ He had never been jealous of me for a second. Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us. I was not of the same quality as he”(59). Gene acknowledges that Finny did not posses the same jealousy that consumes him. Throughout the novel, Gene refuses to deal with his conflict and this leads to a tragic ending. Later, when Gene revisits the school he realizes that he can never change the mistakes he …show more content…
Elie witnesses the effects of the gas chambers, he sees children being tortured and he is forced to endure unimaginable inhumanity. As a result of his experience, Elie loses his faith in God, a strong connection he had before the war, “ Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.” (32) The innocence and faith that once lived in Elie, disappeared as a result of his new reality. In order to survive, Elie had to numb himself to emotion, there was nothing he could do to control his environment, except to survive. Elie Wiesel lived to tell the story in his narrative, Night, keeping the memory of those who died alive, and hoping to prevent this horrific tragedy from ever happening

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