How is growing up presented in the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

Growing up is presented in the play as a very difficult process, especially for those who are autistic. Christopher's autism means that he experiences the world in a very different way, which makes it difficult for him to engage with those who aren't autistic.

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Growing up is hard to do, as they say. But it's particularly hard if, like Christopher, you happen to be autistic. Christopher experiences the world in a way different from those who aren't autistic.

Inevitably, this has a negative impact on his ability to mature in typical ways. A key...

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Growing up is hard to do, as they say. But it's particularly hard if, like Christopher, you happen to be autistic. Christopher experiences the world in a way different from those who aren't autistic.

Inevitably, this has a negative impact on his ability to mature in typical ways. A key part of the maturation process involves engaging with other people, forming connections with them that teach you valuable lessons about life and what it means to be an adult. As a young man with autism, Christopher obviously finds that rather difficult, to say the least.

But this is not impossible. By venturing out into the world in order to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog, Christopher is showing a considerable degree of maturity. One could say that his detailed detective work is the making of him, facilitating the often fraught transition from childhood to adulthood.

To be sure, Christopher still has a lot of growing up to do; he's by no means the finished article. But by the end of the play, having solved the mystery and passed his math exam with flying colors, he has taken a big step forward on the road to full maturity.

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