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S: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

FC: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The Monomyth By: Quinton L. Parhms

1: Call to Adventure | The call to adventure for Christopher happened when he found Mrs. Shears' dog, Wellington, dead on her lawn with a pitchfork sticking out of him. Seeing this sprouts Christopher's interests in finding the killer and acting like a detective: "There was a garden fork sticking out of the dog" (Haddon 1).

2: Refusal of the Call | The Refusal of the Call occurred when Christopher's father advised him to keep out of other people's business: "Stay out of other people's business" (Haddon 29). Naturally, Christopher had a hard time wrapping his mind around the concept of staying out of "other people's business." As a result of his autism, he needed someone like his teacher, Siobhan, who understood the fact that he needed to know exactly what he could or couldn't do.

3: Supernatural Aid | Christopher's supernatural Aid was his teacher, Siobhan, who was aware of the needs of autistic children. She always seemed to be there for Christopher and provided him with advice and support throughout his life. When things didn't seem right with Christopher, she always asked questions to make sure he was alright: "Why do you have a bruise on the side of your face?" (Haddon 90) and "Did your father hit you?" (Haddon 90).

4: Crossing the First Threshold | Christopher crossed his first threshold when he started to believe that he wasn't safe in the same home as his father: "I had to get out of the house. Father had murdered Wellington and that meant he could murder me..." (Haddon 122). He leaves the house and decides that he will find somewhere else to live in order to ensure his safety. This is when he decides that he is going to go to London and live with his mother.

5: The Belly of the Whale | The belly of the whale for Christopher is his decision to board the train to London: "And I could do it by going on a train..." (Haddon 131). Christopher realizes that this is his only option to guarantee his protection from his father who he fears might murder him. He feels that he will be safest in the comfort of his mother but in order to reach her, he knows he will have to overcome his fears.

6: The Road of Trials | Christopher encountered the road of trials when he stepped off the train and began searching for his mother's house. He had to keep reassuring himself that he was doing the right thing and he did this by repeating, "I can do this" (Haddon 172). Luckily, he found a shop in the train station that sold maps and he was able to use that to locate his mother's house.

7: Meeting with the Goddess | The goddess that Christopher finally met with was his mother. She provided Christopher with the warmth, safety, and love that he so desperately needed in his time of need. From that moment on, she made a promise to him that she wouldn't ever let anything bad happen to him: "Everything is going to be all right. I promise" (Haddon 198).

8: Temptation from the True Path | Christopher's temptation from the true path was when he became too comfortable with living with his mother in London. He knew that he was safe with his mother and he thought that he would never have to be afraid of his father again. When he heard his mother say, "He can stay here as long as he needs to stay" (Haddon 200), it gave him more reassurance that he didn't need to go back to live with his father.

9: Atonement With the Father | Christopher's atonement with his father came when he finally becomes more comfortable with being near him. When Christopher finally decided to speak to his father for the first time in a very long time, all his father could say was, "Thank you" (Haddon 215). This conversation served as their building blocks for their new relationship.

10: Apotheosis | Christopher's Apotheosis occurred when he got an A grade on his A-level maths. This was his first sign that he could go onto better things, even college. He knew he would take "further maths next year...A-level physics...And then, when I"ve done that, I am going to go to university in another town" (Haddon 220).

11: Refusal of the Return | Christopher's refusal of the return is when he decided that he didn't want to go back to Swindon to live with his father. He repeatedly said, "I don't want to be with father" (Haddon 207), but his fears didn't change anything. He was still forced to return home to Swindon against his will.

12: Master of Both Worlds | Christopher became a master of both worlds: The world of autism and the "normal world". He didn't understand facial expressions, did not like talking to strangers, and had the ability to retain irrelevant facts and data which are characteristics of people who suffer from autism. Christopher was able to overcome many challenges. He said, "...I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything" (Haddon 221).

13: Works Cited | Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. New York: Vintage Books, 2003. Mother Hugging Her Little Boy. n. d. Clipart. Clipart Guide. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 Autism Optimism. n. d. Blogspot. Blogspot.com. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 Cell Phone. n. d. Business Week. Businessweek.com. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 Guy Refusing. n. d. The Free Dictionary. Farlex. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 < http://www.thefreedictionary.com/refused>

14: Works Cited (cont.) | Train. n. d. The Infrastructurist. The Infrastructurist. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 < http://www.infrastructurist.com/2009/05/19/a-vibrant-us-train-industry-would-employ-more-people-than-car-makers-do-now/> Koewler, Dan. Refused Stamp. 2011. Dan Koewler. Minnesota DWI Defense. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 < http://www.mndwidefenseblog.com/articles/test-refusal/> Kingdon, Laurie. Aha Moment. n. d. Ignite Your Spark Blog. Ignite The Spark. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 < http://ignitethespark.wordpress.com/> London Train Stations Map. n. d. There are Places Destination Guides. There Are Places. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. < http://www.thereareplaces.com/newguidebook/pdest/london/London%20map_London%20Train%20Stations.htm> Father and Son. n. d. Clipart. Free ClipArt. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 < http://www.cksinfo.com/people/families/page2.html>

15: Works Cited (cont.) | Fork in the Road. n. d. Which Path Are You On?. Which Path. Web. 10 Apr. 2011 < http://www.whichpath.com/destination.html> Nolan. The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time. n. d. Nolan. Wordpress.com. Web. 10 Apr. 2011. < http://grubstreethack.wordpress.com/category/50-book-challenge/>

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