The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time By Mark Haddon

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In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, Christopher, the main character, struggles with internal and external conflicts that advance the novel’s themes and Christopher’s overall development as a Character. The theme is that Mark Haddon gives the reader an inside view of a special kid and makes the reader have empathy for Christopher. Throughout the book Christopher faces conflicts. He finds that writing a story is a good hobby and figuring out who killed his neighbor’s dog is yet another thing for him to do. Christopher also faces devastation when his father tells him his mother has died. Christopher further investigates and while looking for his journal he finds letters addressed to him from his mother. The trick is they were written after her death. Christopher then pieces together his dad killed the dog and he runs away to find his mother. This journey makes Christopher process…show more content…
One conflict he has to overcome and deal with is not handling people very well. When the police officer is questioning him Christopher thinks, “I didn’t like him touching m like this, an this is when I hit him” (8). Christopher’s though suggests the main idea. He can’t handle his emotions and anger like regular people. He doesn’t know when he can react and when he shouldn’t react. This shows the theme because it allows the reader to see how he can’t control himself and needs help with it. A similar thing happens when his father finds out Christopher knows he killed Wellington. Christopher says, “I hit him, like I hit the policemen when he took a hold of my arms and lifted me onto my feet. But Father didn’t let go, and he was shouting And I hit him again. And then I didn’t know what I was doing anymore” (82). This demonstrates the main idea. Christopher once again can not react how he should. This makes the reader have empathy again. He doesn’t have the self control the reader
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