19 November 2012
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Christopher is very gifted, but has Asperger’s syndrome. The novel begins with Christopher finding his neighbor’s dog dead in the front yard. He picks the dog up because he feels bad that it has died, but his neighbor, Mrs. Shear, comes out and believes that he just killed her dog. She immediately calls the police. When the police get to the scene they question Christopher, but they struggle understanding him because they do not realize he has Asperger’s. As the novel progresses Christopher comes to find out that his father killed the dog because he had been having an affair with Mrs. Shear and had gotten mad with her. During all of this Christopher is trying to write a murder mystery novel. His father finds out and hides the notebook in his closet. This makes Christopher really mad and he goes and is able to find the notebook in his father’s closet. When he finds it Christopher also finds out that his mother is not dead. His father had made Christopher believe his mother was not alive, but she had actually been writing him letters. This makes Christopher really angry and he goes and finds his mother. As the novel comes to an end he is very happy to be with his mother. He is doing well in physics and hopes to become a scientist. He eventually allows his father back into his life. His father tries to be helpful and nice by giving Christopher a golden retriever puppy to apologize. Christopher is so happy with how things are going he feels he can do anything now that he solved a mystery.
Christopher’s disability affects communication with others when he is not able to socially relate. He cannot take too much at one time. For example, when the cop begins to question him it becomes too much for Christopher so he hits the cop. He just does not know how to handle the situation. He is able to deal with his communication breakdown by taking pride in the things he...