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Analysis : ' Dead Mother ' And ' The Night Time '

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Since the beginning of time, it’s been an intrinsic action in humans to protect others feelings and emotions. This act is sometimes done by deception. Although in the deceivers eyes, it may be seen as an act of love or protection, in the deceived’s eyes it 's sometimes viewed as pure, unregulated deception. As seen in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Christopher has been deceived by his father, Ed. Through detection and stealth he has found out that his so called “dead mother” is not really dead, but instead in London with the husband of an neighbor. Among this, Christoper has also learned that his own father also killed Wellington, the dog of the neighbor whom ran off with Christopher 's mom. Christopher learned the…show more content…
The fact that Ed killed Wellington showed how passive aggressive he was. Christopher was terrified that if he ever found himself in a situation even remotely similar to his mother 's or angered his dad he would kill him also. The passive aggressive nature of his dad produced this fear. As seen in the text, Christopher likes equations, they calm him down and are essential to his daily life. In his life almost everything is an equation. So in his high-functioning mind, when his dad killed Wellington perhaps he made out an equation which was equal to killing him also. With his mother, Christopher never saw her do anything close to passive aggressive, so he had nothing to be scared over.
“Then I stopped reading the letter because I felt sick… Mother had not died of a heart attack. Mother had not died. Mother had been alive all the time. And father had lied about this (Haddon 112).” Another factor that contributed to the fear Christopher held towards his dad was the fact that in his relationship with his mother wasn’t broken. With his dad, Christopher got into fights and when he found out that his mother wasn 't really dead it shattered any trust he had in his father. His mother, on the other hand didn 't have a broken relationship with him. She may have left him, but in his mind lying to him
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