The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Christopher Boone's Character in the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

I believe that Christopher's character is determined by the following three traits: Perseverance, Strategic Thinking, and Observation. These three characteristics clearly define his ability to cope with situations that are unique to readers and help us understand as we see these situations through a high functioning autistic teenage brain.

Christopher’s ability to persevere in the curious incident of the dog in the night-time helps him through new situations and to explore new boundaries of comfort. An example of this is when Christopher goes to Swinden to find his mother. As he is in the underground he begins to have trouble, with all of the loud noises and rushing people and lights. “[He] thought, "[he] [could] do this, because [he] was in London and [he] would find [his] mother" (Pg. 172). Although travelling to Swinden and dealing with public traffic was hard for Christopher, the perseverance in his character helped him to push past his comfort zone and find his mother.

One of Christopher’s most important character traits in my opinion is his strategic mind set. One of the key aspects to Christopher's investigation into Wellington's death is his ability to find loopholes in instructions. For example when Christopher is looking for a way to continue with his investigation without technically breaking his father’s promise he says "For example, people often say "be quiet", but they don’t tell you how long to be quiet for" (Pg. 28). His strategic way of thinking allows himself to continue on with his investigations while still staying in boundaries of the promise he made to his father.

Another characteristic that Christopher possesses is his ability to observe details that most others would not pay attention too. "Mrs. Alexander was wearing jeans and training shoes, which old people don’t normally wear. And there was mud on the jeans. And the...
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