THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME - A WOUNDED FATHER BY ISABELLE SCHABER Submitted in partial fulfillment for the requirements of

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A WOUNDED FATHERBYISABELLE SCHABERSubmitted in partial fulfillment for the requirementsof Advanced Placement English Language15 November 2019Isabelle SchaberMr. Bracher
Schaber 1AP English Language15 November 2019A WOUNDED FATHERThe role of a father is an easy spot to fill, but perfecting the job and shedding one’s own personal dilemmas is rather difficult. While being wounded and troubled, it is often hard to maintain the glory and nobleness of a fatherly figure. While caring and watching closely over a child, the main concern is the wellbeing of the more fragile, more delicate being. Attentiveness and discipline are two elemental pieces that fall into the category of parenting, and in most cases,parents of both sex are expected to continue a steady stream of excellence. In the eyes of a judgement-filled society, a father must be able to remove his own needs, set them aside, and thenfocus directly and solely on the needs of his child. However, when the deterioration of the overall mental state is brought into play and the consideration of the preceding events are dissected, one can begin to understand that fathers are not meant to be completely golden-- and more importantly-- most fathers do not have the tools and resources to be golden. Throughout thedescriptions and narration of Christopher John Francis Boone, a young boy dealing with the real-life consequences of being on the autistic spectrum, Mark Haddon delves into the trials and tribulations of learning to juggle one’s own emotions while also taking on the role of a single-parent and the physical and mental difficulties littering the path of parenthood in his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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