The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mahatma Gandhi, known as one of the great peacemakers and thinkers of all time, previously said "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves." This quote's inspiring message of self improvement can be taken to heart and applied to any individual's life. This statement holds true in the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, in which several of its characters follow this idea. The infamous poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, also made a thought provoking statement whose themes can be observed in this novel. She said "…be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart… try to love the questions themselves… Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them… The point is to live everything, Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer." In this quote, Rilke emphasizes the importance of making your own mistakes and learning through experience. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is based largely on this concept. The citation "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves." By Mahatma Gandhi is simply stated, but very applicable to life. In his quote, Gandhi tries to convey the importance of human development and pushing yourself to your peak. Gandhi also explains that you can not help others until you help yourself. This is the biggest challenge. Only when you accomplish this can you begin to help others in their endeavors. Mahatma Gandhi's ideas can easily be applied to the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. In this novel, author Mark Haddon describes the life of Christopher, a child with autism, from the boy's own point of view. In the story, each character struggles with...
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