Christopher Boone

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15-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is the protagonist of the novel, who due to an autism spectrum disorder called Asperger’s syndrome has an inability to socially conform in some aspects. As the novel progresses the reader is able to pick up that Christopher likes order and being able to predict what will happen next as it makes him feel more in control of the situation. Despite being mathematically gifted; his condition is the evident cause of his incapability to empathize. Haddon uses short blunt sentences to establish that Christopher has difficulties empathizing, an example of this is when Christopher states, “The dog was dead. There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog.” (Haddon, 2003, Page 1). We learn through the diagrams …show more content…
Although it is evident that Mr. Boone, loves, protects and cares about Christopher, he sometimes finds it hard to cope and understand Christopher’s behavior but strives to maintain a stable relationship. "‘OK, maybe I don't tell the truth all the time. God knows, I try, Christopher, God knows I do…. And I want to know that I'm trying, I really am’”. (Haddon, 2003, Page 150). This quote shows the determination of his father, trying to make him understand his reason for his actions. We learn that Judy Boone, Christopher’s mother, is impatient but loving and has trouble handling the pressure of Christopher’s condition. Evidence of this is shown when she states, “But I said I couldn't take it anymore and eventually he got really cross…”, (Haddon, 2003, Page 134) referring to Christopher’s behavior. Although it is shown that she appears to be impatient at times, as the novel progresses we learn that continued to write forty- three letters in the span of 2 years to Christopher without a …show more content…
We see a more demanding side to Christopher as after he appears at his mother’s doorstep in London, unannounced, he requests that they drive back to Swindon to take his A-level Maths test as well as causing complications between his mother and Mr. Shears. I felt that the book ended in a quiet concluding manner as during the final chapters Christopher talks about his goals in life and how he can achieve them. Overall the novel finished on a positive note talking about his self-confidence in achieving his goals because he travelled unaccompanied to London wrote a book and solved a

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