The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

By: Mark Haddon

In the book The curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Christopher expresses his signs of autism in many ways, and this shows through how he interacts with people. He often has difficulty communicating with his father; he has trouble understanding police men and finds it hard to get along with his mother. Christopher Boone often has trouble relating to authority figures due to his unique way of thinking.

In the beginning Christopher problem with people touching him get him into trouble. At first due to Christopher’s not liking to be touched he reacts in a way that got him in trouble with the police. “The police man took hold of my arm, I didn’t like him touching me and this is when I hit him” (8). Because of the way Christopher thinks he hits the police man. Following this further the way Christopher thinks prevent his father from expressing himself. “He held up his right hand, I held up my left and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch” (16). Christopher and his father have a special way of dealing with his symptom of people not touching him. Moreover Christopher’s problem with people touching him almost costs him his life. “I saw Toby in the lower bits where the rails were, then the man grabbed hold of my arm and pulled me and I screamed” (182-183). In this situation Christopher doesn’t understand that the man is trying to save him so he screams when being touched. As a result of this symptom Christopher faces some trouble with the law and his father due to his disability.

Christopher also has difficulty understanding basic communication which makes it hard for him to relate to authority figures. When Christopher’s dad tells him that he killed wellington he gets confused. “I had to get out the house. Father had murdered wellington. That meant he could murder me” (122). Christopher jumps to extreme...
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