Essay On The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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Having a child with autism not only causes problems within the child, but also causes problems within the household. Christopher’s parents often bump heads because of Christopher's behavioral problems. Things get so bad within their relationship Christopher’s mother left his father and his father told Christopher she was dead. In the novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, written by Mark Haddon, Haddon demonstrates the difficulties that parents have when raising a child with autism. When having autistic children your patience often wears thin, trust is frequently broken between the couple, and the constant arguing between each other.
Christopher is a 15 year old autistic boy who causes a lot of pain between his parents,
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Boone’s relationship get weaker and weaker, trust is being broken and lies are being told. The trust was broken between the couple when Mrs. Boone decides to cheat on Mr. Boone with Mr. Shears. When talking to Christopher about his mother, Mr.Boone says, “I didn’t know what to say… I was in such a mess… she left a note and… The she rang and… I said she was in the hospital because… I didn’t know how to explain. It was so complicated. So difficult. And I… I said she was in the hospital. And I know it wasn’t true [...] It got out of control and I wish” (Haddon 114). Mr. Bonne was hurt by his wife's actions, so hurt he could not even bare to tell his son that is mother left him to be with another man. Mr. Boone could not trust Mrs.Boone so he said she was dead to keep her away from Christopher. When you worry for someone all the time, like Judy worried about Christopher, it gets hard and trust gets broken because people need a break from the life they have so they do something they should not in order to stay sane in their hectic life. Mrs. Boone is not the only one who broke trust in their relationship, Mr. Boone has also broken Mrs. Boone’s trust when she found out that Christopher was not getting her letters because he thought she was dead. Mr. Boone said she died of a heart attack which was made up to spare Christopher’s feelings. One day when Christopher’s father came home and saw him reading the letters from his mother saying she was alive and explaining why she left. When he saw Christopher with these he said, “Christopher, what the hell are you doing? What the fuck are you… That’s my cupboard, Christopher. Those are… Oh shit… Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit [...] You read the letters” (Haddon 113-114). His actions towards Mrs.Boone is unbelievable, the idea of killing her off was not showing any love at all. Haddon once again shows the readers that Christopher comes between them by having them go around each other's back to protect

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