The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time

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Paige Pavleszek
Period 6

In “the curious case of the dog in the night-time” Mark Haddon has created Christopher Boone, a young, autistic man who has multiple needs. He has a very strong sense of order, hates certain colors and has difficulties communicating. When given the choice whether to live with his mother or father, it is the better choice for Christopher to stay with his father because unlike his mother, he has learned to become experienced with raising an autistic child from the experience of raising Christopher.

When Christopher was young, his father told him that his mother had died. Even though later in the book we find out that this was not true. It just so happens that Christopher mother left both the father and Christopher because she could not handle the responsibility of mothering an autistic child. She feels as if she is neither prepared nor happy with her life including Christopher. Christopher later uncovers a letter from her explaining why she had left by saying, “I was not a very good mother, Christopher. Maybe if things had been different, maybe if you had been differant…” (106) This proves that his mother was not very faithful to him by leaving him at such a young age only because he was autistic. She also admits that the father is a better parent than she, that also being her reasoning for leaving. Christopher’s father also is more educated than his mother. You can physically see this in the letters that she writes to Christopher because she tends to have a lot of spelling and grammatical errors. Christopher’s father is obviously more educated and patient. This is proven when Christopher’s mother also writes “I’m not like your father. Your father is a much more pacient person. He just gets on with things and if things upset him he doesn’t let it show. But that’s not the way I am and there’s nothing I can do to change that.” (106) Christopher’s mother shows here that she is not willing to change to become more patient, which is...
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