The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime Character Analysis Essay

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"Excuse me, sir," said the police officer, "We found your son hundreds of miles away in London with your ex-wife and the homewrecker." Christopher, a 15-year-old boy in the novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time written by Mark Haddon, runs away proceeding a string of life changing events such as the stabbing of an innocent pouch. By analyzing the conflict, symbols, motifs, theme, characters of the novel, and looking at the story through the psychoanalytical lens, Christopher’s attempt to run away just may be justifiable.
To begin with, the main conflict in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is not being able to trust, more specifically, Christopher trusting his father. Christopher experiences multiple complications
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For starters, Siobhan is direct with Christopher and continuously wants him to be the greatest he can be. This is clear when Christopher says, "When she tells me not to do something she tells me exactly what it is that I am not allowed to do. And I like this" (Haddon 29). Fascinating that Christopher likes being told what he cannot do, most kids his age feel differently, but at the same time it's understandable that he favors it when Siobhan is specific in reasoning why he isn't permitted to do something. Adding to that, Siobhan represents the superego in the novel because of how she leads and directs Christopher to make the correct choices. Even when she doesn't know the right answer for Christopher she keeps him from doing the wrong thing. For example, Siobhan says, "I'm sorry Christopher I wish I could answer all your questions, but I simply don't know" (Haddon 53). Siobhan could respond in several different ways, she could push for Christopher to do what he thinks is best when she can’t identify the answer. Instead, Siobhan simply tells him she's not sure, which is a harmless answer. Instead of ultimately giving Christopher the idea he should do whatever he wants. Lastly, towards the end of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time when Christopher registers to take his math levels-A test, he misses it due to the fact he went to London to be with his mother. Christopher becomes deeply disappointed in the fact he missed the test in the class he's the best at. When Christopher arrives back in Swindon he finds out Siobhan saved his A-level papers in her desk for him to pass math (Haddon 211). Showing that Siobhan cares about Christopher enough to go the extra step to save his papers for him. She is the superego since she constantly makes the right decisions and cares about others throughout the novel. Siobhan, Christopher’s

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