The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Explore and explain the difficulties Christopher faces in his relationships with other characters. In what way does he overcome some of these by the end?

The Curious Incident of the dog in the night time is not a normal novel of growth and development because Christopher , the person that tells us the novel, proves to be incapable of change.

Christopher is a great example of someone that has a very limited growth potential, because he has Asperger's syndrome, though he does show significant changes towards the end. His mind stops him from achieving a lot of things since Christopher cannot and will never accept new ideas or concepts due to his Asperger’s Syndrome, and this allows hardly any room for change within him.

Christopher Boone has a lot of different and behavioral defects (which he lists these on page 46) such as “not talking to people for a long time” and his unique thinking process. For example he is unable to neither understand or feel emotions – other than sadness or anger – so that every thought he has is based on facts and logic. This way of thinking is what prevents him from being able to grow and develop as a normal person because of how he doesn’t interact well with others and rejects anything that is relatively “new”. Because of this it provides him with fewer opportunities to change his views, since there is no one to prove him wrong or change his ways, apart from his father, whose only job seems to be supporting Christopher in whatever he believes. His dad is very narrow minded and so confident that he is always right, because of this he does not pursue anything new or challenging, This singles him out from most characters who have gone through challenges or journeys, because they tend to learn about themselves along the way and go through drastic changes to attain a completely new personality.

As a character, Christopher cannot cope on his own, and though he needs people he doesn’t want anything to do with them. His hate for other...

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