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Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Essay

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Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a realistic fiction novel, written in the first person of fifteen year old Christopher Boone who falls somewhere on the spectrum between Asperger’s syndrome and autism. All Christopher wants is to feel safe, but due to the events that happen around him, Christopher ends up running away to London to find his mother. Through both Christopher, and his father’s journeys, Haddon teaches us that only by facing our fears are we able to grow up and mature as people.
Christopher begins to understand this lesson when he is underground in the train station in London. He’s afraid and starts to doubt himself, but is able to gain confidence by looking back on his recent experiences to realize how far he’s really come – both physically and
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Confidence is very closely related to maturity, therefore Christopher and Ed also gain confidence throughout their journeys. At the end of the book, Christopher feels proud and safe back at home because of his wild journey, not in spite of it. Christopher now has experiences to look back on when he feels unsure of himself, and can now remember what to do when he’s in a new situation. The product of this self-confidence is shown in the very last paragraph of the book when Christopher says, “And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything,” (221) In the end, Christopher is proud of himself and feels happy for all that he had accomplished. Along with this, Ed has also grown in that he is finally accepting his reality and is learning to move forward from it. Both characters show growth and self-confidence through their difficult experiences and both come out as better
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