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Mr.Boone: a good father?

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Dursa Koshkebaghi

on 23 April 2016

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Transcript of Mr.Boone: a good father?

Mr.Boone's compassion for Christopher
Mr.Boone is very compassionate towards his son.
Mr.Boone supported Christopher when he wanted to take A level math and did not take no for an answer when the teacher said that this wasn't a good idea.
Mr. Boone substitutes as a mother and a father for Christopher.

"'I cooked his meals. I cleaned his clothes. I looked after him every weekend. I looked after him when he was ill. I took him to the doctor. I worried myself sick every time he wandered off somewhere at night.I went to school every time he got into a fight.'" (Haddon 196-197)

Christopher's mother even says in one of her letters that his father is a way better parent than she ever was.
even Christopher realizes how much compassion his father has toward him.
Mr. Boone protects Christopher from the nasty truth.
Mr.Boone made up a lie to not hurt Christopher severely.
If Mr.Boone told Christopher the truth, he would feel rejected and have a strong hatred for his mother.
Mr.Boone knows it's hard to tell these lies but he had to do it to protect his son from the horrible truth.

"'Life is difficult,you know.It's bloody hard telling the truth all the time. Sometimes it's impossible. And I want you to know that I am trying, I really am. And perhaps this is not a very good time to say this, and I know you are not going to like it, but...You have to know that I am going to tell you the truth from now on.About everything.Because...if you don't tell the truth now, then later on...later on it hurts even more.'" (Haddon 120)

The purpose of Mr.Boone's lie was not to cause harm to Christopher, but to protect him from the horrible truth that could of have ruined his life and not of have put him where he was today.
Who agrees with me?
"He eventually discovers that his father stabbed the dog with a garden fork, that his mother is not as he has been told, dead, but living in London with their neighbor’s husband. But Christopher does not ever fully understand why. The complex emotions of his parents and the pain that they experience remain a mystery. Holmes solves a puzzle and achieves closure but Christopher’s (re)solution is an ongoing negotiation with the baffling business of life."

-Ruth Gilbert.

Who agrees with me?
Christopher lives with his father. He’s a good father; not many fathers would do what he does for Christopher. Christopher’s mother is dead, but she is not really. She has left. Life with autism was—temporarily—just too much for her. Christopher’s father has lied to him, for decent, natural, human reasons, and has hidden the weekly letters Christopher’s mother has written to her son.

-Clara Claiborne Park
In the book "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", by Mark Haddon there are many important characters that make the story interesting. We can say that Christopher's father, Ed Boone is probably one of the most significant characters in this book. The continuous debates on whether or not Mr.Boone is a good person make him even more interesting. Mr.Boone is not the antagonist everyone thinks of him as. His patience,compassion and protection for Christopher come in hidden ways.
Mr.Boone: a good father?
Autistic Children need to be handled with a lot of patience.
We realize that Christopher has many behavioral problems,such as: screaming when he is confused or angry,throwing things when he is confused or angry and not eating his food if other sorts of food are touching.

On page 122, we see an example of Mr.Boone's patience getting put to the test.

"Then he held up his right hand and spread his fingers out in a fan. But I screamed and pushed him backward so that he fell off the bed and onto the floor. He sat up and said, 'OK. Look Christopher. I'm sorry. Let's leave it for tonight,OK? I'm going to go downstairs and you get some sleep and we'll talk in the morning.' Then he said, 'It's going to be all right. Honestly. Trust me.' Then he stood up and took a deep breath and went out of the room." (Haddon 122)

He understands the pain that his child is going through and understands the sadness and anger in his heart.

What will I be talking about?
In conclusion,this is why I think that Mr.Boone is a good father.He is kind,protective and patient with his son that truly only has his father to rely on,and has no other person to go to for help. Most people would not be able to tolerate Christopher for a day let alone living with him. Christopher's father is one of the most strongest character father's I have ever read about.
In conclusion...
Christopher John Francis Boone
Christopher Boone is a 15 year old boy who lives in a small town in England called Swindon, with his father, Ed Boone.
Christopher has autism,more specifically Asperger's syndrome.
He is the narrator and protagonist of our book.
What is Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, that is life-long and unfortunately has no cure.

This disability affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and how they relate to other people.

It is often described as a "hidden disability."

They have difficulty in three main ranges: Social communication, social imagination and social interaction.

Their IQ's are in the normal to very superior range.
Ed Boone.
Ed Boone is Christopher's father.

He spends most of his time with Christopher and tries to takes care of him as best as he can.

It is said that his occupation is a boiler engineer.

He has been a single parent for two years after his wife left him for another man.

Later in the book we realize that he was the murderer of Wellington, their neighbor's dog.
How hard is it to have an autistic child?
Being the parent of an autistic child is not just a walk in the park!

It's probably one of the toughest things a parent can go through.

It's very difficult having to see your child suffer from such horrible behavioral problems.

It very hard to have to wrap your mind around the fact that your child will most likely not live a normal life.

Parents with autistic children will not be able to see their sons or daughter grow up,get married or even have a family.
First of all...
What are your thoughts on Christopher's father, Ed Boone?
Parents with autistic children.
There was a recent study that was on the topic of parents with autistic Children done in Poland. According to the research that was done, parents of children with autism experience much more profound stress. This stress response has a specific profile- the most difficult for parents are handicaps related with atypical child behaviors, and the lack of knowledge about real development limitation and child problems.
Parents with autistic children.
Another study that I found interesting about parents with autistic children was conducted by Elizabeth Dykens,professor and director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. From the results of her study she found out that parents of autistic children have a blunted cortisol response as well as an indicative of chronic stress. She also said that compared to other parents, parents with autistic children have shorter telomeres, associated with an advanced cellular aging process, and they will develop poorer sleep quality, which can have deleterious health effects. All of this results in parents who are less available to manage their child’s special needs or challenging behaviors.”
More quotes that show Mr.Boone's compassion for Christopher.
"I was sitting in Mrs.Gascoyne's office with Father when she said things. And father said,'Christopher is getting a crap enough deal already, don't you think, without you sh*tting on him from a great height as well. Jesus, this is the one thing he is really good at.'" (Haddon 44)

"I was not a very good mother; Christopher. Maybe if things had been different,maybe if you'd been different, I might have been better at it. But that's just the way things turned out. Your father is a much more patient person. He just gets on with things and if things upset him he doesn't let it show. But that's not the way I am and there's nothing I can do to change that." (Haddon 106)

"And I said 'Yes,' because loving someone is helping them when they get into trouble, and looking after them, and telling them the truth,and Father looks after me when I get into trouble,like coming to the police station, and he looks after me by cooking meals for me, and he always tells me the truth,which means that he loves me."
(Haddon 87)

"I love you very much,Christopher. Don't ever forget that. And I know I lose my rag occasionally. I know I get angry. I know I shout. And I know I shouldn't. But I only do it because I worry about you, because I don't want to see you get into trouble, because I don't want you to get hurt. Do you understand? (Haddon 86-87)
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Mr.Boone's patience for Christopher.
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