Sunday, September 27, 2015

Essay on "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time"

Title: Who would be born must first destroy a world

       The book was red with a black shadow of a poodle upside down in the middle. It has 226 pages in total and the number of the last chapter was 233. Christopher might describe this book, “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” this way. The unique descripting style of him was a great novelty factor of the book. It also played an important role in making me understand how Christopher felt.

      People find Christopher very hard to understand. He does not only stay away from strangers, but threatens them with his Swiss Army knife if they try to come closer. Christopher is just a weird and maybe even dangerous autistic child to most people. But neither does Christopher understand others. He lives in his own world, by certain rules such as looking at the number of red cars and determining whether today is a Good Day or not. He is so different from us, but also extremely logical at the same time. I guess that is why I felt empathy for part of the things he said, like supposing Orion could be a coffeemaker or claiming that the human brain is actually a computer.

     A neighbor’s dog being killed is a tragic happening, but not many people would really think of it as seriously as Christopher had done. His questions about the “murder mystery” led to his adventure to find his mother. During the journey Christopher had to do a lot of things that were much different from his usual behaviors. He had to talk to strangers who he had always considered highly dangerous and had to do things in a place overflowing with information. Although it gave him tremendous stress, it later supported his belief that he could do anything. I was actually on the same side with Christopher’s father in the first few chapters of the book. Why on earth would a boy be so concerned about a neighbor dog’s death? But at the end I figured out that his curiosity was undoubtedly meaningful. It changed him into a new person who can fulfill any kind of dream.

     Christopher mentions that “loving someone” is telling them the truth. And he believed that his father loved him because he always told him what was true. However, his father had already told him a big white lie – that his mother was dead. For him, the lie was a way that would probably not hurt his son so badly, a way of expressing love. Christopher didn’t understand this, and he even thought that his father might try to kill him. To think about it, love is not exactly telling the truth. What takes bigger part in love than the truth is to have trust in each other. And Christopher’s father tried hard to show infinite trust in his son. I am sure that Christopher and his father would spread their fingers out in a fan again someday in the near future.

    I could see Christopher’s thoughts changing as I read along the chapters. At first he said he couldn’t chat, but in order to find out what he wanted to, he opened his mind even a little to Mrs. Alexander. He had been a boy who had only gotten out of the house as far as the grocery store at the end of the street. But he traveled all the way to London to find his mother. He had also doubted becoming an astronaut, but after all the hardships he had overcome, he became confident of his dream at last. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time was not just an ordinary event that could happen to a 15-year-old boy. It was a turning point of Christopher’s life, which made him come out from his own solitary world.


*The title is a quote from "Demian" by Herman Hesse.