The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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A glimpse of realty in Christopher’s perception
Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the improbable story of fifteen year old boy named Christopher Boone, who has a quest to investigate the murder of the neighbor’s dog however, he stumbles upon a secret that forever changes his life. Throughout the story there are numerous examples of his odd reactions that illuminate the way his mind works so precisely and demonstrate a consistent pattern of Christopher’s behavior. On the other hand, people perceive his reactions as different due to his unusual responses which is explained by Christopher throughout the novel. Specifically, three different scenarios show Christopher’s emotional and physical responses, and
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A man noticing him grabs him by the shoulder causing Christopher to yell out in pain. This man heroically saves Christopher’s life by taking the initiative to pull him off of the tracks just in time to save him from certain death (Haddon 181 182 183). Naturally, Christopher’s reaction should be grateful for an absolute stranger to save his life however, that’s not the case. Rather than alluding to giving praise he stands almost in a trance as if in shock in while his rescuer yells at him. As a result, it can be determined that Christopher’s hero perceives him as being a crazy lunatic for nearly getting himself killed over a rat and Christopher’s response of “ I was finding Toby. He’s my pet rat” (183). Consequently, the man was impacted by missing his train. In addition, it can also be determined that this man was emotionally impacted by the lack of acknowledgment by Christopher for his heroic action. He had just saved a random strange from being run over by a train. Christopher was more worried about saving his pet rat, having a feeling of confusion and having an adrenaline charged emotional response of …show more content…
That meant he could murder me… “(122). As a result, this provokes the climax of the story, propelling Christopher on an incredible journey to find his mother in London. Ed (Christopher’s dad) perceives this situation as over the top and taken to the extreme by Christopher. For example, he runs out of the house screaming and cursing looking for Christopher. In addition, Ed calls the police to help with the search, he even goes as far as visiting Christopher’s school, in hopes that he might just be hiding from him there. Consequently, Ed was impacted negatively by his admission own of killing Wellington thus, losing trust with Christopher and having to share custody with his ex-wife. Ed likewise, not only lost trust with his son, but also lost the privilege to have father son time without the unusual demand of not being left alone with Ed enacted by Christopher. For example, Ed and Christopher were in the house without Judy (Christopher’s mom) being present so Christopher locked himself in his room. He even pushed his bed against his bedroom door attempting to keep his father away from him. However, in the end Christopher and his father slowing begin to regain trust. For example, Ed and Christopher planted a vegetable garden together and Ed even bought

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