Interpretation Essay on Christopher Boone from the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Interpretation of Christopher Boone from the curious incident of the dog in the night-time Christopher Boone, the main character of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime, is an example of an archetypal hero. His life and story fit into the stages of a heroic journey. There are many examples of archetypal heroes in literature and film. Simba from the Lion King, Dorothy from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Luke Skywalker from Star wars, and even Bilbo from the Hobbit. All these characters fit into the hero journey pattern. Like any hero the cycle begins at an unusual birth and childhood, a hero’s birth is often mysterious or there is something that makes them different from society. Christopher was born with a mild form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. This makes him different from other children. He is unable to socially interact with people but has a gift in mathematics. He is very dependent on his parents and teachers. It is often hard for him to do things on his own or leave his comfort zone. But soon enough Christopher is called into adventure when he discovers the neighbor’s dog, Wellington, run through with a garden fork, and he decides to take up the quest of who killed Wellington. This quest leads him to discover his mother’s letters and that his father has been lying to him. When Christopher’s father tells him the truth he loses all trust in him. On page 131 Christopher makes the decision to leave Swindon and go live with mother in London, because he feels that he has nowhere else to go. By doing this he is making a sacrifice to leave behind the security and routine of home and school. Every hero must face tests and trials. On his journey to London, Christopher faces many of them. All the challenges force him into unfamiliar and fearful situations. For example, hiding from his dad, getting to the station,
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