Christopher Boone Essay

732 WordsMar 14, 20143 Pages
Through the eyes of Christopher Boone, Mark Haddon shows the complex nature of human relationships. Discuss. In the novel ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Mark Haddon shows different aspects of positive and negative relationships. A young boy of ’15 years, 5 months and 3 days’ Christopher Boone is a lonely teenager with Asperger’s. He struggles with many day-to-day activities because of his condition and is unable to even look forward to the future, as his desire to become an astronaut will never be fulfilled. Through out the novel, Christopher forms few new relationships as he is only comfortable being around people who understand his behaviour and the way he likes to be treated. Due to his disability there are not many people in Christopher’s life who have continued to be there for him. Christopher says that “one of my favorite dreams” is where “nearly everyone on the earth is dead” which shows how hard it is for him to be around other people and how much he prefers to be alone. The main relationship Christopher has is with his father Ed. Even though their relationship is constant it is not without its difficulties. Ed is usually quite good at controlling Christopher but sometimes when his emotions get the better of him Christopher can get out of hand and, as a single parent, Ed is unable to handle the stress. Although Ed knows not to touch Christopher other people who do not know him well don’t know that he dislikes being touched and his other personality traits that make him different. This has made Christopher mistrustful of strangers and to prefer the company of animals as “dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” The letters from his mother Judy that Ed had hidden from him so he did not have to tell his son the truth about their break up fuels Christopher’s mistrust in his father and takes away one of
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