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.