Christopher Boone Incident

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In the novel the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime, Haddon explores how an individuals struggle for independence and self-assurance will motivate them to alter their values. People who posses the ability to break the boundaries of personal comfort zones, may be successful in any venture they would take. Christopher Boone is a 15-year-old boy who suffers from a condition known as Asperger’s syndrome. His unique predicament has made him remarkably skilled in math and science but severely underequipped socially, causing Christopher to frequently misinterpret people. As a result, Christopher avoids social interactions, at all costs. He often dreams of being alone in the world, taking care of himself and where no authority figures are present. Throughout the…show more content…
As a consequence of his condition, Christopher cannot be as independent as most teens his age. However, Christopher still has the run-of-the-mill desire to do what he wants without anyone telling him otherwise. As a result Christopher disobeys his fathers orders by “telling white lies” and continuing his investigation. “I decided that I was going to find out who killed Wellington even though father had told me to stay out of other people’s business. This is because I do not always do what I am told” (page 29) Christopher’s daring decision to leave behind the life he had always known and travel to London, was his greatest step toward independence. Throughout his journey Christopher had to face new environments, social interactions, and an overwhelming amount of new information. By overcoming these obstacles, Christopher gains self-confidence in achieving the ability to face any challenge on his own. “…I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of who killed Wellington and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.” (Page
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