The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime Analysis

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Trust represented in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. While trust is a somewhat common theme in modern novels, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime manages to portray how it affects people in their day to day lifestyle. The book tells the story of Christopher Boone a young boy with autism and his murder mystery novel about the murder of his neighbor's dog. Why this novel is significant is because Mark Haddon tells the story that many young people with autism, like Christopher, live everyday and who’s view on life and the idea of trust and understanding of the world is drastically different than any teenager. For people who do not live with autism, trust is important and the base for most relationships. Without it, relationships can begin to dissolves but normally one does not feel unsafe. Truth to Christopher is like love. Christopher needs trust because he “[...] realized that there was nothing I could do which felt safe.” (Haddon 130),In this moment Christopher has realized he cannot trust anyone because he has lost all his trust in his father and he does not trust his neighbours. Christopher is very sensitive and is only comfortable in familiar environments. He always follows a complicated system and is deeply affected by being treated badly. When Christopher is upset he’ll react with human instinct “The policeman took hold on my arm and lifted me onto my feet. I didn’t like him touching me like this. And then this is when I hit him.” (8). After the police officer grabs Christopher reacts by hitting him, later in the book Christopher has another situation where he does not like the environment and this is when he finds his mother’s letters but instead of acting in violence he throws up. When Chr... ... middle of paper ... ...(207) Christopher feels incredibly hurt and distressed he does not want to see his father. Whether a relationship can be repaired depends entirely on whether trust can or cannot be restored. Christopher’s father works very hard to regain his trust, he tells his son “[..] I don’t know about you, but this...this just hurts too much”, Christopher’s father is dealing with the result of being dishonest with his son and himself. Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime mirrors the idea that trust is the glue that holds relationships together and how a lack of honesty and truth can create barriers between loved ones and shows how being honest can fix these problems. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is a innovative and ground breaking novel that continues to show the understanding of the world by Christopher Boone and his autism.
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