FC: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time | By:Mark Haddon | Ryan Harvey's Monomyth
1: Stage I: The Call | A boy named Christopher was walking down the road, and saw a dead dog with a fork in the side. Being the very curious person he is, he decided he was going to solve the murder mystery and find out who killed the dog. Christopher says, "This is a murder mystery novel". This is stating that he is going to solve this mystery novel so he isn't accused of the crime. (Haddon 4)
2: Stage 2: Refusal of the Call | The refusal of the call is Christopher rejecting his dads advice of quitting his quest to find the murder of his neighbor's dog. As a result, he is determined to continue his destiny. Throughout the story, Christopher's dad is always trying to bring him down, but he never takes the criticism. Christopher's dad says, "You have to stay out of trouble". Christopher rejects request. (Haddon 20)
3: Stage 3: Supernatural Aid | Christopher's supernatural aid is his teacher, Siobhan. When Christopher wants to find out who killed the dog, Siobhan said he should write a murder mystery novel about the incident. (Haddon 4). Christopher listens to her advice and writes a complete book of the mystery.
4: Stage 4: Crossing the Threshold | Christopher finding out information and stepping out of his comfort zone represents crossing the threshold. He says he is going to go to the houses on his street and ask people if they have heard anything about the dog. He also says, "talking to strangers is not something I usually do" (Haddon 34).
5: Stage 5: Belly of the Whale | Christopher being alone while exploring is neighborhood for information represents the belly of the whale. This is the part where a lot of the action takes place, and the main character (Christopher) gets a lot achieved. In the story, he talks to many people and gets valuable information (Haddon 36).
6: Stage 6: Road of Trials | The road of trials is represented by Christopher's dad being against his idea's of wanting to solve the mystery. He tells Christopher to keep his nose out of other people's business (Haddon 49). This makes it very hard to keep the journey going since he dad is always watching him.
7: Stage 7: Meeting with the Goddess | In this book, Mrs. Alexander who is Christopher's neighbor is the Goddess. She isn't someone that he falls in love with, but he gets a lot of very valuable information out of her. She told him that his did had an affair with Mrs. Shears (Haddon 58).
8: Stage 7: Temptation away from the True Path | Christopher's dad is highly against him trying to solve the mystery. When he finds out about the book he had been writing, he was very angered and threw the book in the trashcan out in their garage (Haddon 83). One of the main reasons Christopher had been doing all of the detective work was to make a good book, so obviously that made him hesitate about continuing his quest.
9: Stage 8: Atonement with the Father | Atonement with the Father is represented by Christopher having a serious talk with his dad. His dad is very angered with Chris, so he decides to tell him the truth. He killed Wellington, Mrs. Shears dog (Haddon 121). He also told him that his mother was not dead.
10: Step 9: Apotheosis | Apotheosis is represented by Christopher going out on his own to find his mom in London (Haddon 129). Christopher steals his dads credit card. He then goes to a train station and buys a ticket to London, where his mom lives. This isn't something he would normally do, but since he is mad at his dad he thought he had to.
11: Step 10: Refusal of Return | The refusal of the return is represented by Christopher not wanting to leave mom in London. When the police asks him if he wants to go back with his father, Christopher says, "I want to stay here" (Haddon 195). After finding his mom, he realizes that he will have a much better life if he lives with her. His dad isnt happy, but will have to live with it.
12: Stage 11: Master of Two Worlds | The master of two worlds is represented by Christopher overcoming his fears. At the beginning of the book, he was a shy kid who would never explore anything. He turned into a kid willing to take risks. Christopher says, "I went to london on my own, and solved the mystery" (Haddon 221).
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