FC: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time | By Savannah Pressley
1: By Mark Haddon
3: Call to Adventure | The call to adventure in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is when Christopher Boone, an autistic 15 year old boy, found his neighbor's, Mrs. Shears, poodle murdered in the garden. The poodle, Wellington had been stabbed with a garden fork. This incident leaves Christopher wondering who Wellington and wanting to investigate his murder, thus sending him on his quest. He tells his father "I am going to find out who killed Wellington" (Haddon 20) and for some odd reason his father gets mad and tells him to stay out of other people's business.
4: Refusal of the Call | Christopher refuses the call when his father tells him not to investigate who killed Wellington and he obeys him for the time being. Soon enough curiosity gets the better of him and he decides that he is going to investigate although he was told not to. (Haddon 28)
5: Crossing the Threshold | Christopher crosses the threshold when he goes out of his comfort zone to investigate and ask people if they knew anything about Wellington's death. He does not like to talk to strangers, but he knows that detectives must be brave and may have to do things that are out of their normal character. (Haddon 35)
7: Supernatural Aid | Christopher's supernatural aid is his teacher, Siobhan. She teaches him about life and what to do and not to do since things are harder for him to understand due to his autisim. She cares about him and tries to help him in any way she can. Christopher once asked her why his father hated Mr. Shears so much and Siobhan tried to give him some simple possibilities even though she didn't know Mr. Shears. (Haddon 53)
9: Belly of the Whale | One day Christopher was looking for his book that he was writing in his father's room and came across letters from his mother. The letters were recent and he learned that his mother was alive and living with Mr. Shears in London. His father walks in on him reading the letters and just falls apart. His father admits that he lied about Christopher's mother being dead. Christopher falls into the belly of the whale when his father admits that he murdered Wellington (Haddon 120). Christopher was scared and felt trapped; he didn't want to be around his father because he didn't know if he could trust him anymore. Christopher runs away to London to be with his mother and thus starts a new journey.
10: Road of Trials | Christopher experiences the road of trials after he finds out that his father killed Wellington and his mother is still alive. He wants to run away to her so that he can feel safe. To get to his mother in London he had to do several tasks that he had never done on his own before such as buying a ticket to get on the train. He didn't know where to go so he asked a police man "Where do I get a ticket for the train from?" (Haddon 152) He had never been out in a large public place by himself and it was a big challenge for him.
12: Meeting With the Goddess | Christopher meets his goddess while he's investigating Wellington's death. He goes door to door to his neighbors to ask questions and meets Mrs. Alexander. She tells him that his mother had an affair with Mr. Shears which lead him to realize that's why his father hated Mr. Shears so much. (Haddon 59)
13: Temptation Away from the True Path | "You are to stop this ridiculous bloody detective game right now." (Haddon 50) Christopher's temptation away from his true path happened every time he was told by his father to stay out of other people's business and to not try to solve the murder of Wellington. Christopher tried to obey his father but something just drove him to investigate.
14: Atonement with the Father | Christopher's atonement with the father was with his actual biological father. Christopher ran away from home because he feared his father. When his mother brings him back to Swindon, his father has to try to earn his trust back. His father tells him "You have to learn to trust me... And I don't care how long it takes." (Haddon 218) It really shows how much his father loves him and wants to make things right between them.
15: Apotheosis | "And I got the results of my maths A level and I got an A grade... and it made me feel happy." (Haddon 220) Christopher making a very high grade on his math exam made him feel proud, successful and "godlike."
16: Refusal of the Return | When Christopher ran away to London, his father came to try to apologize and tell Christopher that he loved him. Christopher refused the return anytime that his father tried to get him to come back to Swindon with him. (Haddon 196)
17: Master of Two Worlds | Christopher realizes that he can do anything now that he has solved the mystery of who killed Wellington, found his mother and finished his book. (Haddon 221) He knows that he can do anything as long as he perseveres.
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