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

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To most a disability seems like a hinderance, but to others it's what makes them unique, and they shouldn't be frowned upon for it. In the novel The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time by Mark Haddon the main protagonist Christopher John Francis Boone faces both internal and external conflicts and this helps build up courage and bravery. He is faced with mystery and having to deal with his family at the same time. He needs to conquer bravery yet stay away from danger. Lastly, he needs to learn how to accept and forgive while fighting against his disability. After all of these difficult tasks he grows as a person and discovers who he truly is. We all have a little Christopher inside of us. Christopher has many internal…show more content…
This takes extreme mental toughness to have the guts and venture out like this almost all alone. Christopher needs to overcome his inner fears to reach his next goal. Once he finished this venture he conquered his fears and achieved something great all by himself, growing himself as an individual. Among the first external conflicts, was with the police in the beginning when Wellington was killed in the neighbor's yard. Christopher was lead to believe that police were good because they controlled situations. “ The policeman took hold of my arms and lifted me onto my feet. I didn't like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him. (Haddon 8). Christopher was grabbed by an officer which was a big red flag for him. He then punched the officer causing a large misunderstanding to happen. This scene opened the gateway to the danger Christopher had to overcome to build up courage and bravery. Punching the police officer was a panic mechanism that was triggered due to the officer touching him. Christopher has always been inside of a protective bubble and now he has finally popped that bubble. Later in the story, Christopher realised his father killed Wellington and his mother is alive, immediately he thought to get to his mother. Throughout his journey to reach his mother, he is placed into different scenarios where he needs to escape from something. Almost always it's cops. One example,
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