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Mark Haddon’s 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time': Coping With Loss and Control

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time written by Mark Haddon portrays the ideas of coping with loss through human relationships and the need for control in humanity, which is represented throughout the Boone family. Coping with loss and control are both depicted through the Boone family and to a larger extent Christopher, the protagonist who is a 15-year-old Autistic boy. Haddon creates a unique perspective through the characterisation and the disproportionate level of control throughout the Boone Family.

In The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time, the protagonist Christopher Boone copes with the loss of his mothers supposed death through the relationship he continues with his father. Christopher moves on with life
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Ed’s inability to deal with the loss of Judy is also depicted through random and unforeseen bursts of anger and the extreme lashing out at Christopher “grabbed my arm really hard”, “he had never done that before”. Ed’s failure to raise Christopher on his own and the loss
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