The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” Themes: Truth, Trust and Honesty As a sufferer of Asperger’s syndrome, Christopher is unable to lie, nor can he recognise when others are lying to him. 1. Explain why truth and honesty are so important to Christopher. Christopher highly values the truth. he claims that he does not lie at all and wants those who lie to be put in gaol. He struggles with the fact that his disorder causes people to bend their view of what is true and what is false. Honesty in the novel leads to the themes that human’s value the truth and must deal with the difference between appearance and reality and that all humans lie at times, even if they believe that their type of lying isn't morally wrong e.g. white lies. 2. Which character does he trust and why? Christopher trusts his father in the novel as he was always there for him, through the hardships and struggles his father always stuck by him and encouraged him to be the best he could be. 3. Which character does Christopher lose trust and faith in? At the end of the novel does he re-establish his trust? Explain the circumstances/context of this relationship. Christopher loses faith in his father as he lies to him about his mother, and about the real story of why she wasn’t around anymore. Christopher moves away from his father as he cannot stand people who lie to him or anyone as he cannot get his head around what might actually be true. Christopher and his father have made a noticeable progress in restoring their bond; they remain distant from one another when compared with how close they were at the start of the novel. Besides, Christopher no longer lives with his father, and he still distrusts his father to a large degree. Social Intolerance & Crossing Social Boundaries The text examines social relations and the way in which individuals demonstrate or reject/deny

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