The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Is Christopher's Father the Only One Who Understands Him?

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Christopher’s father is the one person who understands him. Do you agree?

In the novel, The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Mark Haddon has created the character of the 14 year old Christopher Boone, a teenager with Aspergers Syndrome. Christopher’s father is not the only person who understands him. Many other people like his Mum, Siobhan, and Mrs. Alexander can relate to him, but to different extents.

Christopher’s father respects, understands and takes care of Christopher. His father lives with him so he knows about Christopher’s quirky behavior. For example, Christopher’s father understands that Christopher can’t be touched. Instead of them hugging like a normal father son relationship, they touch their hands together. He understands that Christopher can’t eat foods that are yellow or brown so his father cooks things to suit Christopher. This is why Christopher trusts his father.

However, Christopher’s father is not the only person that understands Christopher. Siobhan, Christopher’s aid at school also can empathise with Christopher. Siobhan is like Christopher’s mentor and only friend. She teaches him a lot about people’s expressions and what they can mean. Christopher is a very literal person which means you can’t tell him things like “He was the apple of her eye” and other metaphors because he can’t understand the double meaning. Siobhan teachers him about the double meaning in metaphors and similes. Siobhan helps Christopher to analyze the world around him. Christopher can understand simple expressions like happy, sad or angry, however, he can’t understand other expressions like confused and body language that can mean more than one meaning. This is why Siobhan is another person Christopher can trust.

Christopher’s mother can also relate to Christopher because she is his mother. She is sometimes impatient with him but she still understands him. At the beginning of the book Christopher thinks that she is dead so he missed her. But...
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