Dog At Night Beliefs

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No matter how public or private someone choses to keep them everyone has core beliefs. Core beliefs are what a person beliefs in, these beliefs change how people act, think and interact with the those around them. Meeting people with different beliefs can make you a more worldly and understanding person however, sometimes meeting people with different beliefs can lead to conflict. In the book The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time by Mark Haddon a teenager named Christopher with a mild form of autism writes a book which is initially is about trying to solve the mystery of who killed the neighbor 's dog and turns into a book about his discovery that his mother who, his father had told him died years before is still alive and his father…show more content…
He is a hardworking single father for most of the book who cares for Christopher and makes sure he is comfortable and is getting what he needs. He fearlessly protects Christopher many times throughout the book one of the most memorable times being when Christopher is told that he will not be able to go on to higher level math and Ed calls a meeting with the dean of the school and when she said they wouldn’t be able to offer Christopher the course he offers to pay someone privately to teach Christopher.(Haddon,44) For most of the book Ed is a level headed man and can typically handle Christopher but, when Christopher won’t stop talking about the neighbors dogs death Ed hits him. Another time that Ed loses his temper is when his girlfriend/neighbor rejects him and he kills her dog. Even though he can be violent he always is very remorseful after he loses his temper for example after he hit Christopher he took him to the zoo in order to apologize “The next day father said he was sorry that he had hit me and that he didn’t mean to.” (Haddon,75) A large portion of Ed’s personally and the choices he makes are influenced by past experiences that have hurt him. Like when Christopher 's mother leaves and he tells Christopher that his mother had died and not that she had ran away. When Ed confesses to Christopher about…show more content…
Together Christopher 's mother 's father are both very different Christophers is a loyal caring man and his mother is a impulsive loving woman. However these fundamental differences make for different core beliefs. Christopher 's mother is more oriented on her life and checking in on Christopher but not taking care of him all the time whereas the father is very dedicated to Christopher and typically puts his life on the back burner to insure Christopher is getting what he needs. These differences lead to conflicts and awkward interactions between the two throughout the book. This likely because she left him and Christopher on their own because she couldn’t handle the responsibility she had and also because her core beliefs didn’t line up with what she had to do. Although you don 't always have to share beliefs with the people around you sometimes it can lead to conflicts and relationships failing which is what we see in
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