Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

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Trust and attachment, both ingredients to complete the never-ending love we all desire. Some search for the love of their friends, others for the love of a significant other; however, everyone longs for the love of their family. Throughout life, we seek this ceaseless love thinking the one we rely on remains harmless. We fail to recognize why we trust them and why we remain so attached. So, what happens when our loved one breaks our trust? Well, without trust, the attachment does not exist. We feel betrayed, unsafe, and extremely hurt to the point we cannot associate ourselves with them. Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time demonstrates this concept. Christopher entrusts his father with all his heart until the day he finds out his father’s secret; from this day on Christopher no longer relies on his father. Why? His faith dissipates; therefore, the attachment to his beloved father vanishes. The simple rule, we cannot love and attach to someone without trust applies in every aspect of life. We detach from those who lose our trust, and Haddon demonstrates the relationship between trust and attachment throughout his novel. We base our attachment to someone solely on how they treat us, making this the easiest part of a relationship. Attachment begins at an early age, from birth actually. We all exhibit an innate need to attach ourselves to one main figure in our lives. Why? We feel safe, wanted, loved, and rejuvenated when one major figure

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