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

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Relationships can only survive through adapting to constant change. Without that aspect, they would not last. In Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a boy with Aspergers goes through life surrounded by mystery, dishonesty, and dysfunctionality. Because of this, secrets are revealed, relationships are changed, and the connection between family is brought into a new light. Through these events, the boy and his family discover and rediscover their ties with each other. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the author demonstrates that the ability to adapt and change is the most essential characteristic in life because it strengthens relationships, as illustrated through Christopher, his mother Judy, and his father Ed. To restore his relationships, Christopher needs to adjust to the events unfolding around him. The biggest reconnection Christopher encounters is with his mother. It begins when he finds a series of letters addressed to him in his father’s closet. Upon reading the letters, he makes the shocking discovery that his mother is alive, not dead, as his father previously tells him. Later, in trying to explain why he hides the truth, his father confesses he kills Wellington. As Christopher comes to these revelations, he immediately decides, “‘I had to go to London to live with Mother.’” (Haddon 131). This is a very powerful example of adapting. Christopher decides on the spot to go live with his mom despite not seeing her for years. The attitude of ‘sudden decisions’ without thinking long and hard about the full outcome is uncommon for him, and yet he comes to this solution in almost no time at all. Also, the wording of the sentence is very specific. He uses the word 'had' in... ... middle of paper ... ..., gentle, and willing to yield to whatever Christopher chooses. Through this contrast, Ed shows a strong example of adapting through time. Without the ability, he may not ever re-establish his relationship with Christopher. CONCLUSION Through the characters of Christopher, Judy, and Ed, the author shows that when fortifying relationships, the ability to adapt and adjust is the most crucial attribute of life. Christopher reconnects with his mother by changing his old habits and growing into a newer person. By adjusting to situations on the spot, Judy shows love to her son after years of no contact. To gain his son’s trust back, Ed uses his ability to adapt to be more positive and yielding for Christopher. Haddon is a man of many words, but what he is trying to reveal is that although stability is comforting, there comes a time when change is the best solution for all.
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