In “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” Christopher, a 15-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism finds the need to achieve justice for Wellington, the neighbor's dead poodle.
Unknown motives leave Christopher suspicious as to the murderer, and events take a quick turnaround once he finds his mother’s hidden mail while searching for his notebook. After realizing his own father, Ed Boon was the murderer Christopher sets off to find his mother in London. This essay will examine the way Christopher develops throughout the story by exploring Christopher’s curiosity, anxiety, and logical thinking.
Christopher’s curiosity leads him finding a dead poodle, Wellington. As Christopher’s curiosity gets the best of him Christopher sets off to investigate the death of Wellington even against his father, Ed Boon. “I told you to keep your nose out of other people’s business.”(Page 49) Christopher’s curiosity about Wellington leads him documenting his journey in a journal. As Christopher is documenting his experience Ed finds this and confiscates it. While searching for his journal Christopher finds his mother’s hidden mail. “I’m sorry Christopher. I’m so, so sorry.” “You read the letters.”(Page 114) These actions led by Christopher’s curiosity makes him grow by making him explore outside of his bubble. With Christopher’s curiosity making him explore he also seems to develop anxiety.