Christopher Boone Character Analysis

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Christopher and his family - Christopher's parents are presented as flawed characters and their relationship with Christopher brings to light their hang-ups, fears and inadequacies. As the world is described through Christopher's eyes the responder is not initially aware of the level of stress associated with caring for him. The experiences of living with Christopher, such as night walking, food fastidiousness and reactions to being touched and over-stimulated, are gradually revealed. The pressures placed on parenting Christopher with his individual needs overstrain Christopher's father. He attempts to protect Christopher through lies that, when uncovered, seriously undermine their relationship. Ed Boone's language is at time tender as well…show more content…
103) women according to Christopher, who can get angry quite quickly, but she knows how to handle Christopher. For example, on holiday she is able to calm him down when he thinks a shark has eaten her, as demonstrated in her dialogue of: 'Come on Christopher, touch my hand... You can do it...' (p. 97). She is very happy when Christopher comes to London and wants to touch him but it is till obvious that she is somewhat dismissive and talking about the A-level makes her impatient as she misinterprets Christopher's seriousness: 'Lets talk about this some other time, ok?' (p. 247). She does, however, decide to leave Mr Shears an darts a life with her son in Swindon in a small flat. Stability of family appears evident in Christopher's life at first but it is shown to be unstable and must be rest established by the conclusion of the text. Although the relationship between Christopher's mother and father is never completely resolved the responder is given some hope as they both take steps in trying to keep the family intact and place importance in the resents of both parents in their child's life: 'You have to learn to trust me' (p. 265). Haddon's construction of domestic life is contemporary and he provides a model whereby divorced families can succeed as long as individuals Re dedicated to placing the child's needs above their
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