Essay about Curious: Thought and Christopher

Submitted By j2399123
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Josh R.

Personal Reflection

The novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the nighttime, By Mark Haddon follows Christopher Boone a sixteen year-old boy with Asperger’s diesease. Even though he has special needs, he is incredibly gifted in math and science, and references to it throughout the story to help himself with things. The book tells the story of Christopher trying to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog, Wellington. After finding the dog dead in the middle of the night, he finds out his father may have been accused of the murder and starts investigating to see who killed the dog and why. Throughout the story, Christopher’s main intentions change and he is introduced to much new information about the people in his life. Throughout his journey, he is taught lessons about family, trust and love. Haddon brilliantly tells the story from the mind of 15 year-old Christopher through text, diagrams and pictures along the way. For me, this story was heartbreaking, surprising and edge of your seat all at the same time. I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. It made me think and realize how hard it is to take care of and be a person with some sort of special need. This book also really spoke to me because it is very out of the ordinary and not something that you would see in a lot of literature today. The visual element of the book was amazing, and the way you could see Christopher’s drawings and thoughts really amazed me. The book being told from Christopher’s point of view was fantastic. Being able to read about what was going on in his mind really made me think and learn about the hardships of Asperger’s Disease. Seeing how he distracted himself from uncomfortable situations by thinking about numbers, science and other things he loved was really interesting for me to try to imagine. The book also taught me a very important lesson about family, since Christopher’s family situation is very sad. When thinking more about the book, I realized Haddon tells a very complex story. Haddon’s