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Matt Bodsford's Monomyth Project

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FC: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and the Monomyth By: Matt Bodsford

1: Stage 1: The Call | Christopher got the call when he found Wellington dead and felt the need to find the murderer. He said, "I wonder who killed Wellington, and why" (Haddon 2). This shows that Christopher was very curious and wanted to find the murderer.

2: Stage 2: Refusal of the call | e | Christopher's dad told him to stop his investigating to find Wellingtons murderer. But Christopher secretly continued he investigation anyways. Christopher's father was quoted saying "You are to stop this ridiculous bloody detective game right now" ( Haddon 50). This was one of the many fights they had about the detective work.

3: Stage 3: Supernatural Aid | The supernatural aid in this book was Siobhan. She was a teacher of Christopher's that helped him through a lot of his problems. In the book it says, "The next day at school I told Siobhan..." (Haddon 52). I thought this was important because it showed that Christopher could ask her about anything. The way she would help him through the problems also showed she really cared.

4: Stage 4: Crossing the Threshold | This was when Christopher decided to continue to do detective work even after his dad tells him not too. This started when Christopher was quoted saying "And if you are a detective you have to Take Risks..." (Haddon 56). This was when Christopher started asking Ms. Alexander for a second time about Wellington and Mr. Shears.

5: Stage 5: Belly of the Whale | Christopher faces this when he is in the train trying to go to London. He is trying to go to London to stay with his mother because he is scared of his father for lying and killing Wellington. His father said, " I killed Wellington, Christopher" (Haddon 120). This is what I feel really pushes Christopher to want to run away to his moms house. This is why Christopher thought his dad might hurt him.

6: Stage 6: The Road of Trials | This comes in when Christopher has to face his fears and get on the train. He had to face a lot of fears to get onto that train. The book says, "So I put my hands over my ears to block out the noise and think" (Haddon 145). This was a big deal because usually when it's loud he gets on the floor and moans. He had to conquer his fear and focus and come up with a plan.

7: Stage 7: Meeting with the Goddess | In this book Christopher's goddess actually ended up being a guy. I feel that the goddess was the police officer at the train station. The officer asked the question, "Have you got a ticket?" (Haddon 149) and this later led to him helping Christopher get a ticket. Without the help of the policeman he would have never made it to London.

8: Stage 8: Temptation Away from the True Path | This came when Christopher was in the train station as well. At one point he wanted to turn around and go back home instead of going to London. He was quoted saying, "I wanted to go home but I was frightened of going home..." (Haddon 145). This would have taking him off the path of his destination in London with his mother. But he then conquered his fears and got onto the train.

9: Stage 9: Atonement with the Father | The father-figure that Christopher ends up facing is his father. Because deep down inside he misses his father but due to being frightened of him, he is scared to talk to him again. I do not think that Christopher was the same kid without his father because before that was the only real family he had. His father said to him, "Things can't go on like this, I don't know about you, but this...this just hurts to much" (Haddon 219). This is important because this is where he gets his father back in his life.

10: Stage 10: Apotheosis | This is when Christopher finally decided to forgive his father. This is a huge step and it is big because even though he didn't really want to at first he decided to give his father another chance. Christopher was quoted saying, "Father made a vegetable patch in the garden and I helped him" (Haddon 220). This was a huge step in the forgiveness process. He started to do little things and spending time with his father again.

11: Stage 11: Refusal of the Return | This was when Christopher and his mother had to leave London due to the fighting between mother and Mr. Shears. This was a big deal for Christopher because he was scared to go back to his father. He begged his mom but she said they didn't have an option. Christopher was quoted saying, "I don't want to be with Father" (Haddon 207). This was when him and his mother were arguing about going back to Swindon.

12: Work Cited: | Black phone. Adkisson, Heidi. Coding Horror. Web. 10 April 2011. http://www.codinghorrow.com Curtis, Jill. "Father's Day" is here again. 2004. Family on Wards. 10 April 2011. Web. Goddess Statue. Wikipedia. Hatred of Women. Web. 10 April 2011. http://vitalinfo.org. Herman, Louis. Humpback Whale. 2011. National Geographic. 10 April 2011. Web. Kevin. No. 2011. Citizen Crain. 10 April 2011. Web.

13: Road. Schole. Web. 10 April 2011. http://frjamescole.wordpress.com Star Wars. King, Paul. The Kingworks creative blog. Web. 10 April 2011. http://thekingworks.blogspot.com Valters, Christine. Crossing the Threshold. 2010. Abbey. Abbey of the Arts. 10 April 2011. Web. Haddon, Mark. the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. New York; Vintage Books. 2003. Print.

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