The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident is not a genuine novel of growth and development because the protagonist proves to be incapable of change.


Christopher is a great example of a character that has a very limited growth potential though he does show significant differences towards the end. His mindset detains him from achieving a complete transformation since Christopher cannot and will never accept new ideas or concepts due to his Asperger’s Syndrome, and this allows virtually no room for change within the character.

Christopher Boone has numerous personality and behavioral defects (which he even lists at on page 46) such as “not talking to people for a long time” and his unique thinking process. Put example? He is unable to neither understand nor feel emotions – other than sadness or anger – so that every thought he has is based on facts and logic. This way of “black and white” thinking is what prevents/detains?   him from being able to grow and develop as a character because of how he doesn’t interact well with others and rejects anything relatively “new”. Consequently this provides him with fewer opportunities to change his views, since there is no one to prove him wrong or change his ways, apart from his father, whose only job seems to be supporting Christopher in whatever he believes. In short, he is very narrow-minded and so confident that he is always right, that as a result; he does not pursue anything new or challenging, This singles him out from most characters who have gone through challenges or journeys, because they tend to learn about themselves along the way and go through drastic changes to attain a completely new persona.

As a character, Christopher is not self sufficient, and though he needs people he doesn’t want anything to do with them. His distaste for society is another barrier which stops him from developing because without someone else’s intervention in some form or another, he will not venture into...