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Student Sam pl e E ss ay # 1 : An s we r K e y a n d Mo d i f i c a t i o n s Student Sample Essa y #1 Imagine having not being able to understand emotions or read emotions. Christopher Boone is not a typical teenage boy. His world revolves around writing a murder mystery novel as he tries to solve the death of a neighbor’s dog—all while having autism. Through this mystery, he learns of the lies and deceit of his father, as he discovers his mother never died of a heart attack and his father is a murderer. When this occurs, Christopher begins to feel afraid, one of the only emotions he is capable of experiencing. In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time , author Mark Haddon demonstrates that betrayal leads to courage through situational irony and the characterization of Christopher Boone as a teenager with autism. Unfortunate experiences and unexpected situations frighten Christopher and force him to grow up, which is depicted through the situational irony of the novel. When Christopher discovers the dishonesty of his father, he “scream[s] and push[es]” him, refusing to speak with him (Haddon 122). The irony of this situation is that Christopher’s father had once represented the only safe haven for him in life. However, discovering his father’s dishonesty forces Christopher to realize that even his father is not safe and is not perfect.

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