Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

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  • Topic: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Childhood, Crime fiction
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During childhood, all children are said to be naive as well as innocent. Naivety can be defined as the lack of experience or information, whereas childhood innocence can mean a child's unharmed mind or imagination. It can be said that naivety and innocence go hand in hand. What can destroy a child's innocence, however, could be damage from the outside world away from the child's home either by a stranger or by someone the child is close to. Mark Haddon, the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, creates a character named Christopher Boone. In this case, Christopher's childhood innocence is damaged by the other world in which he lives in. Throughout the journey to solve the murder of the neighbor's dog, Haddon allows for Christopher's transformation from an innocent young boy, into a more mature and aware person.

Christopher Boone begins in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time as a young boy who has Asperger's Syndrome. Christopher's autism causes him problems with other people. He cannot read their expressions; only two expressions which are being sad or happy. Because of this, he likes dogs a lot more. Christopher believes that dogs are loyal and cannot lie because they cannot talk. When he finds Wellington, the neighbor's dog, dead in a backyard with a pitchfork, Christopher is determined to find out who did it and why they did. This demonstrates Christopher's innocence because he goes on a quest by himself to figure out the murder of the dog, Wellington out of the goodness of his heart. More into the novel, or "murder mystery novel", as he calls it, Christopher sets out to interact and question people on the murder. This furthermore proves that Christopher is trying to only do good for the sake of Wellington, despite disliking interacting with people who isn't his father or close teachers.

As the novel progresses, Christopher finds himself in a situation that taints his innocence. When his father prohibits Christopher...
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