Monday, May 18, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 26 pages 135-150

Christopher decides to follow through with his plans. He is going to runaway to live with his mother. To do this, he breaks into his own house while his father is out looking for him. He gathers food and spots his father’s wallet. He takes his credit cards and leaves to find the train station. He first runs to his school to find Siobhan. Something catches his eye when he arrives at the school, his father’s van. He quickly runs away from the school and asks a stranger for direction. Christopher doesn’t trust anyone but his friends and family. He finds the train station but finds himself lost. He doesn't know what to do. So he quietly sits down on a bench to think. 2 hours later, a policeman approaches him. Christopher is afraid that he will find out that he is running away and will take him home. He talks his way out of being escorted home and instead is escorted to a cash machine. He then withdraws money for a ticket to London.
Snooker is a variety of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of colors other than red, in which a player must shoot one of the red balls, each with a point value of 1, into a pocket before shooting at one of the other balls, with point values of from 2 to 7.
Through my personal experiences I can relate to the reading. Christopher is just trying to find him self a home and himself. He is lost and doesn't know really what is going on in his life. His parents have their share of problems that have lead to the confusion such as lying and leaving him without saying anything. This books theme is about Christopher finding him self, understanding his life, and figuring out why it’s the way it is. My parents do things I don't understand. They leave me confused and dumbfounded. Sometimes I feel that the only option is to runaway. So I kind of understand and can connect to the reading. Anyone can relate to this because you always have to find your self in life.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 25 pages 120-135

Christopher is still confused by his father’s confession. He is wondering why would he kill Wellington? At first, Christopher thinks it's a joke, but as his father explains he realizes it’s not. The reason why Christopher’s father killed Wellington was out frustration. When his wife left, Mrs. Shears became a big part of their life. She began spending lots of time with them. Christopher’s father thought that they would move in together, even get married. She didn’t feel the same way. Upset with her decision, Christopher’s father believes that she loves Wellington more than him. As he sees the dog on the lawn after the conversation, he takes the pitchfork and murders the dog. After learning all of this, Christopher is frightened by his father. He thinks that it is unsafe to live with him and wants to runaway, but where to? The only place he thinks that is suitable is to go to London to live with his mother. First, needs to find a place for his rat, Toby to live. He goes to Mrs. Alexander to give over Toby. She tries to explain that this was all a big misunderstanding.
Planisphere is a map of half or more of the celestial sphere with a device for indicating the part of a given location visible at a given time. Parabola is a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to a generator of the cone; the set of points in a plane that are equidistant from a fixed line and a fixed point in the same plane or in a parallel plane.
There are a few things that frustrate me with this book one of them is why would Christopher’s father lie to him about major topics such as his mother and Wellington? His father complete cuts Christopher off from his mother and tells him that she’s dead. His father should explain what is going instead of lying and getting himself into this mess. Now Christopher doesn’t trust him and is terrified of staying with him. Another reason why I think he shielded all this information from him was because of the fact that Christopher has a disability and he would not be able to cope. In the end, the father has made choices in the book that have made me frustrated whether it is lying or murdering.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 24 pages 105-120

In these 15 pages, Christopher continues to read the series of letters his mother has sent him. His father hid these letters to shield the truth about his mother. One of the letters contained the truth on why she left in the first place. She would have constant fights with his father because she couldn't cope with Christopher’s problem. The only person she felt that could help her was Roger, Mr. Shears. This relationship grew stronger as Mr. Shears grew apart from Mrs. Shears. Mr. Shears had a proposal, that they leave for London where they would be able to start a new life. Since Mr. Shears and Christopher’s mother fell in love, she decided that it would be better if she left. While reading these letters Christopher’s father walks in and freaks out. Christopher expecting a melt down receives a flood of apologies. He explains to him that he was going to tell him later and that it was a mistake, he just didn't want to complicate his life with more troubles. These apologies lead to a shocking confession. Christopher’s father was the one who killed Wellington.
Tether is a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement. Saccades are the act of checking a horse quickly with a single strong pull of the reins.
Diary of Christopher:
I have recently found that my mother is alive. She didn’t really die of a heart attack. My father has masked a lot from me, including that she had moved to London with Mr. Shears. Why would he hide all this from me? I know he didn’t want to confuse me, but it would have been nice to know. Some how I feel that my father should have told me. Another thing is I can’t believe he actually killed Wellington. Why did he do it? What was his motive? Why did he yell at me for sneaking around and investigating if he knew I would continue? He should have just told me all of this saving us loads of trouble.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 23 pages 90-105

Christopher’s curiosity does not subside in these 15 pages. He is still wondering where his book is and if his father really threw it away. Hunting for his book, he searches all the trash bins and rooms. He tries to avoid his father’s room because he was told not to mess with any of his father’s things, but the urge of finding his book was too much. Carefully going throw all the cabinets, boxes, and clothes, he finds the book hidden away in a box. To his surprise, he found more than his clue book, but letters written to him. These letters were a mystery to him because he had never seen them or told anything about them from his father. He decides to take one of the many letters to read who they’re from. A shocking letter was revealed, a message from his mother. All of this time Christopher thought she had died or at least that is what his father told him. These letters obviously prove that false.
Heron is any of numerous long-legged, long-necked, usually long-billed birds of the family Ardeidae, including the true herons, egrets, night herons, and bitterns.
In this book, Christopher is really trying to search for his own identity. It is very evident to us because he is curious about his life and the many questions surrounding it. He is confused about who he is and what his life is about. The detective work he carries on is the curiosity being expressed by his nature of finding out what really happened to his mother and the dog, Wellington. His father is not help his cause by masking the truth and telling lies to his son. This just continues to bring more questions and mystery to Christopher’s life.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 22 pages 75-90

In this section of the book, Christopher finds himself not damaged from the news that his mother had an affair with Mr. Shears. He begins to write his book about his investigation. The inspiration he gains from reading Sherlock Holmes, he uses to fuel his writing. One day his father comes home to find Christopher’s book unattended. He reads to learn that Christopher has disobeyed his wishes. He confronts Christopher, but Christopher is confused because he thought he wasn’t breaking any of his father’s guidelines. Punishing Christopher and out of anger, his father slams him against the wall, causing minor injuries. Christopher was more confused than upset by his father’s actions. After all of the chaos, Christopher discovers his book in the trash. The next day, his father apologizes and takes Christopher to the zoo.
Jaundice is “also called icterus. Pathology. yellow discoloration of the skin, whites of the eyes, etc., due to an increase of bile pigments in the blood, often symptomatic of certain diseases, as hepatitis.” Hemorrhage is a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding. Nephritis is inflammation of the kidneys, esp. in Bright's disease.
Why does Christopher not have an open mind about things?
I believe that this is because Christopher’s mental disability makes him somewhat of a computer. He refers to his mind like a video recorder because he can recall memories unlike anyone else. He uses these memories to help him judge how to handle everyday activities.
Why doesn’t Christopher’s father confront Mr. Shears about the affair with his wife?
I believe this is because he doesn’t want Christopher to get further confused. He shields Christopher from this early on so that it doesn’t taint Christopher’s view on his mother. Since she is dead now, Christopher doesn’t care because he believes the dead are dead, and their thought doesn’t matter.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 21 pages 60-75

Christopher has recently found out about his mother’s affair with Mr. Shears. He has finally found why his father hates Mr. Shears so much. Mrs. Alexander has informed him about the news. She does not want Christopher to tell his father of his knowledge fearing that it will complicate things. Even with Mrs. Alexander informing him, Christopher still feels that she is a stranger, so he is unable to speak with her for long. Mrs. Alexander expresses that she only wants to be friends, but Christopher leaves without saying a word goodbye. Sinobin, Christopher’s personal teacher, confronts Christopher about the situation. She asks him if he is sad or felt any type of emotion. Knowing Christopher, this does not bother him because of his confusion to figure out feelings. He feels that since his mother is dead and Mr. Shears is gone, that no one should worry about the situation.
There was no vocabulary that needed defining.
The six traits in this passage are thoroughly worked on, especially word choice. The ideas in this passage have many underlying thoughts that help the book along. An example would be the paragraph on why Christopher likes math. He likes math because he believes that it is safe and very different from life. Math also has straightforward answers unlike his life. The word choice in the passage was also very good. The adjectives were descriptive and illustrated good images. An example would be “white clouds which looked like fish scales”

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, cycle 20 pages 45-60

Christopher is a smart boy, even though he is at school for special needs. He is excelling in math and is the first person ever in his school to receive the privilege to attend A level math. He is also not perfect, he has he share of behavior problems, which includes not talking to people for a long time. His parents do their best to cope with this problem, but sometimes it is too much. They often fought about Christopher. Christopher believed they were going to get a divorce before his mother died.
Christopher arrives home to find his father at the dinner table. He confronts him about him sneaking around in Mrs. Shears’ garden. He is upset because he already told him to bother people with their business. He makes a promise that he will quit this nonsense, but it will be broken.
Christopher sees Mrs. Alexander at the store. She tries to strike up a conversation, but since he believes she is a stranger he doesn't reply to some of the questions, until he asks her about Mr. Shears. She tells him that the reason for his father’s hate for Mr. Shears is involved with his mother. It is because Christopher’s mother and Mr. Shears were having an affair.
There were no words that needed defining in this section of reading.
What do you think is important about the matter of Wellington?
Christopher: I believe that the dog is important to me. Although it wasn’t mind I feel like I have a close bond to it. I like dogs, finding out what happened to Wellington not only is sparking my curiosity but changing my habits and personality.
Why did you break your father’s promise of not investigating?
Christopher: I don’t think my father knows what I like to pursuit. This mystery is bugging me and I need to find out what happened, if I don't I will be wondering for the rest of my life. I should be able to do what ever I want and make my own decisions
What was your feeling when Mrs. Alexander told you why your father hates Mr. Shears?
Christopher: I felt like it was a surprise. I would never have thought my own mother would betray my father like that. I didn’t expect it at all. At first I thought Mr. Shears had hurt my mother, but now to find it was way different. I’m just in shock. My fire is only fueled by this and will only continue until I find more about Mr. Shears.