The Odd One

Have you ever heard of a fifteen year old that could possibly do this? Mark Haddon writes, “I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057” (2). In the book, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, the boy, Christopher John Francis Boone had no trouble doing it. Christopher was different compared to others his age, he was not in  a normal school, he was sent to a school that deals with social/behaviour problems because he could not understand people’s emotions. After reading the exposition of the book, the word best describes Christopher is, odd.

I found Christopher odd because there were many different situations showing how he is really different compared to people his age. Mark Haddon writes, “Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing” (6). Have you seen some one not run away from the police when they are about to arrest you? When the police officers were going to arrest Christopher, he was still thinking about if he did liked the police or not. Mark Haddon writes, “I didn’t like him touching me like this. And this is when I hit him” (8). Christopher was also a very sensitive person, he did not like touching people too close or else he would hit back, his father couldn’t even hug him. “I held up his right hand and spread his finger out in a fan. Mark Haddon writes, I held up my left hand and spread my fingers out in a fan and we made our fingers and thumbs touch each other “(16). This was a very odd way of showing love, but because they could not hug, this was the way to represent hug with his dad. Mark Haddon writes, “I wonder if the police will find out who killed him and punish the person” (21). Christopher had different feelings to animals, in his mind, animal and human are equal. After getting into some trouble with the police, his dad tells him to stop caring about the dog and just let it go incase of more trouble. Mark Haddon writes, “I decided that I was going who killed Wellington…” (28). Even after his father insisting, Christopher still feels this is very important so he had to find out the mysterious killer.

Looking over the exposition of the book, you can notice how all the actions Christopher had done was very different from normal teenagers. Normal teenagers would be hanging out with friends and maybe dating the opposite sex. But for Christopher, he does not like people too close around him and he spends days or weeks trying to find out a death of a dog. Christopher is the odd one.

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One response to “The Odd One

  1. Having read this book, I really think that you did a good job by summing him up in one word: odd. Because Christopher has a disorder known as autism, I can relate him to someone I had known in elementary school. He also had autism, but it was much more intense compared to Christopher. It was very hard to communicate with him, and he had a tutor much like Siobhan for Christopher. I have question for you now: Have you ever known anyone like Christopher? If you have, was he/she more like my friend or Christopher?

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