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S: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time

FC: the curious incident of the dog in the night-time | a novel by mark haddon

1: monomyth | by | anand patel

3: THE CALL TO ADVENTURE | The call too adventure is modeled by Christopher finding Wellington dead in Mrs. Shears' yard. This shows when he says, "The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn... The dog was dead" ( Haddon 1). This event leads to everything else that happens in the book, from the murder mystery to his voyage to London.

5: Refusal of the Call | When Christopher's father tells him that he should not investigate the murder of Wellington, he listens to him and that causes him to not go through with it. In the book it says, "Father said, 'Just try to keep your nose out of other people's business'" (Haddon 20). Christopher later on decides that he will investigate anyways when he says, "I decided that I was going to find out who killed Wellington even though Father had told me to stay out of other people's business" (Haddon 28).

7: Supernatural Aid | Supernatural aid is supposed to be some sort of mentor to the hero and I think that Christopher has a very clear mentor for many reasons. One is that she understands her. This is clearly explained when Christopher says, "Siobhan understands. When she tells me not to do something she tells me exactly what it is that I am not allowed to do. And I like this" (Haddon 29). It seems as if Siobhan can get anything into Christopher's head, and in this case that could be considered supernatural.

9: I think that in this novel, Christopher can be in a new and strange world just by being out of this comfort zone and this, I think, would be considered a crossing of the threshold. In the book Christopher says, Christopher says, "Talking to strangers is not something I usually do. I do not like talking to strangers" (Haddon 34). So, with that being said, the threshold would be him beginning his investigation and interviewing his neighbors. | Crossing the First Treshold

11: Once Christopher began to investigate, he knew that there was no turning back. He "didn't like the idea that the murder was still At Large" (Haddon 52). At this point he realizes that he has gotten involved and he cannot turn back and just leave it all alone, as his father wishes. He then decides that no matter what he must continue his search for the murderer. | The Belly of the Whale

13: The road of trials consists of many things that happen to the hero throughout the book including the trials to get to his mother, but I think that the best example occurs when Christopher's Father throws away his book. At this point he has to get his book back, but at the same time keep it a secret from his father. So he knew that if he "took the book" (Haddon 93), his father would know that he "had been messing with things in his room" (Haddon 93-94) | The Road of Trials

15: The meeting with the goddess would be when Christopher finally meets his mother. His mother is a necessary component to solving the mystery, because without the letters he would have never known that his "Father had lied about this" (Haddon 112). So the meeting could have occurred in two places; where he met his mom mentally with letters or physically in London. | Meeting with the Goddess

17: I think that the temptation for Christopher would be going to live with his mother, the thought that he "had to live with [his] mother" (Haddon 131). He thought it was his only choice and so he went, which I think was a distraction because he was not 'keeping his eye on the prize.' | Temptation Away From the True Path

19: The atonement with the father occurs when Christopher's dad comes to London to talk to him and he says that he is "really, really sorry. About everything. About Wellington. About the letters" (Haddon 197). This will, later on, cause Christopher to want to go home, or at least understand that he needs to. | Atonement With the Father

21: Apotheosis occurs when Christopher said "I have to go back because I have maths A level" (Haddon 202) to his mom. This identifies the point where Christopher realizes that he, at some point, must return to reality. He has faced the facts and realized this although he does not want to back. He now has to make the final decision of if he wants to go back to Swindon. | Apotheosis

23: I think that the refusal of the call is hidden and unnoticed. For example, when Christopher's mom says things such as "Christopher, not now" (Haddon 205) or "It's only an exam" (Haddon 205), Christopher doesn't seem to care. He doesn't care even though these comments are delaying his return to Swindon. So in a way that could be a refusal to return back to Swindon. His apathy shows that he doesn't care about going back enough to take action. | Refusal of the Return

25: Christopher becomes the master of two worlds when they go "back to Swindon" (Haddon 208) because he is able to be in Swindon but live with his mom at the same time. This also allows him to rebuild his relationship with his dad. This is a master of both worlds because his mom is one world and his dad is the other and now he can experience both. | Master of Two Worlds

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